Claimant count trend by age

Claimant count rate by age group, Glasgow, July 2013-July 2017

Unemployment - Age (2018)

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The proportion of people of working age (16-64) claiming benefits due to unemployment declined across all age groups in Glasgow from July 2013 to July 2017.  The decline was greatest in the 18-24 age group and 18-24 year olds have gone from being the largest claimant group to the third-largest (behind 25-49 and 50-64 year olds).

Notes

The Claimant Count is the number of people claiming benefit principally for the reason of being unemployed. This is measured by combining the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits with the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed.Claimants declare that they are out of work, capable of, available for and actively seeking work during the week in which the claim is made.

The measure of the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed 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.

Unemployment benefits normally only apply to people aged 18 years and over. They can only be claimed by 16 and 17 year olds in exceptional circumstances. Consequently the counts for this age group are typically very low.

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