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%.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2013 was 3,509. This represents a rate of 7.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 126th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.) This figure fluctuated in December 2012 but in comparison to November 2012 there has been improvement.