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The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2023 was 4,205. This represents a rate of 6.0% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%.

There were 635 claimants aged 18-24 in March 2023, 10 more than February 2023 and 25 more than this time last year. This represents a rate of 7.0% of the population aged 18-24. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 4.8%.

There are 210 more claimants aged 16+ than in February 2023 and there are 65 less claimants age 16+ than this time last year. 

Long term trends

The unadjusted claimant count is currently not a good indicator of long- term trends in the number of people looking for work. It does however provide us with a measure of how the number of claimants has changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The adjusted alternative claimant count is updated on a quarterly basis.

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 cost-of-living crisis

Households have experienced a significant fall in their standard of living compared to this time last year. This is due to increasing food, electricity and fuel costs. The crisis is even more critical for the UK’s poorest households. Based on forecasts from the Spring Budget, real household disposable income in the UK will fall by 2.2% in the 2022/2023 financial year. This will be the biggest fall in standard of living since the 1950’s.