The rollout of Universal Credit is currently affecting the claimant count. Changes in claimant numbers may be a result of the rollout rather than changes in economic conditions.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2018 was 1,680. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.2% between January and March 2018.