The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in October 2021 was 5,150.
This represents a rate of 7.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 4.8%. There are 110 lower than September 2021 and 2,415 higher than March 2020, before the first UK lockdown began. Note the majority of this increase happed in March-May 2020 at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
There were 815 claimants aged 18-24 in September 2021, 40 lower than August 2021 and 340 higher than March 2020.
This represents a rate of 8.8% of the population aged 18-24. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 5.9%. As part of the government's response to coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of enhancements were introduced to Universal Credit. These may have increased the number of employed people who are eligible for unemployment-related benefits.
The ongoing impact of coronavirus on Universal Credit
Under Universal Credit, a broader spectrum of people are required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. This has the effect of increasing the number of unemployed claimants. In addition to this, as part of the government's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of enhancements were introduced to Universal Credit. Consequently, whilst some of the increase in the unemployed claimant count will be due to people who have become unemployed, some will also be due to employed people who have become eligible for Universal Credit as part of the government response to Coronavirus.
The impact of the Universal Credit Cut
The latest Government imposed cut to Universal Credit will hit nearly six million people. More than a third (38%) of those who'll see their income hit are already in employment, whilst one in six (16%) are under 25.
Across Dagenham and Rainham 13, 710 households on Universal Credit will lose £1000 a year, whilst 10,802 children living in households on Universal Credit will be pushed into poverty.