The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2019 was 2,470. This represents a rate of 4.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in March to May 2019.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 720 higher than June 2018 and 60 higher than May 2019. There were 445 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2019, 135 higher than June 2018.

Figures are not seasonally adjusted and are rounded to the nearest five. 'Unemployed claimants' include people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or who are claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work.

How do figures change when we adjust for Universal Credit roll out?

Universal Credit requires a broader group of claimants to look for work than was the case under Jobseeker’s Allowance. This has the effect of increasing the number of unemployed claimants after Universal Credit is rolled out in an area. To adjust for this, new statistics are now published. In addition to counting people currently claiming unemployment benefits, they include people who would have been required to look for work had Universal Credit always been in place. These figures have been updated this month.

Using this alternative count, there would have been 3,005 unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham in May 2019.* On this basis, the number of claimants would have been 25 higher than April 2019, and 265 higher than May 2018.

These adjusted figures are likely to give a better indication of unemployment trends after Universal Credit roll out than the unadjusted figures above. However, they do not represent the actual number of people claiming.