About the data
Since March 2020 the claimant count rose substantially across all Somerset districts. As of September 2021, the claimant count in Somerset was 11,220, this was a fall in claimants of 27% since October 2020. The claimant count in Somerset in September 2020 was 5%, falling to 3.5% in September 2021.
At the lower-tier local authority area in Somerset, Somerset West & Taunton and South Somerset jointly had the lowest claimant rate (3.2), followed by Sedgemoor (3.7). Mendip had the highest claimant rate of 3.9%. All Somerset districts have a claimant count rate below the national rate 5%
The Claimant Count is based on monthly extracts from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) administrative systems, and headline figures are published in the monthly UK labour market release. Therefore, the figures presented here may not be the most current. Current data can always be found on the Nomis website.
The ONS has noted that the measure of people receiving Universal Credit is still being developed by the Department for Work and Pensions. Consequently, this component of the total Claimant Count does not yet correctly reflect the target population of unemployed claimants and is subject to revisions. For this reason, the Claimant Count is currently designated as Experimental Statistics.
Source: ONS, NOMIS, Claimant Count By Sex and Age- (September 2021)