The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2016 was 1,612. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 174th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
As a result of this, Dagenham and Rainham has moved up 26 places, since previously being ranked 200 out of 650 constituencies for unemployment. This includes 1,214 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 398 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.
The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 78 higher than in August 2015 and 42 higher than in July 2016. There were 375 claimants aged 18-24 in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2016, 30 higher than in August 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)
A link between unemployment and homelessness has been identified in Barking and Dagenham with every 9 out of 1000 households being made homeless.
However, the recent opening of Elutec (East London University Technical College), clearly could prove to be a success in terms of lowering the unemployment statistics within the borough, by providing young people with inspirations and links to enter the world of work. This year Elutec received its first GCSE and A Level results, with a success rate of 95%.
Consequently, most students will now go on to do apprenticeships with big brand such as Land Rover and Rolls Royce. In response, current principal, Ruth Umerah, stated “I am immensely proud of the achievements of our year 13 students”.
Furthermore, the borough of Barking and Dagenham has definitely increased its appeal to businesses, with Sainsburys currently looking at opening a superstore in Barking. The consequences of such an act would leave Barking as the highest concentrated area of big food stores in the whole of East London. Sainsburys and the owners of the retail park, Estates and Agency, added that a new store “will create around 450 new full and part time jobs”.
Although The Council have made it clear that residents in the borough can learn skills necessary for the workplace, which includes the Barking and Dagenham Employability Partnership and the Job Shop employment support.