The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2019 was 2,525. This represents a rate of 4.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in June to August 2019.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 700 higher than September 2018 and 50 higher than August 2019.

There were 420 claimants aged 18-24 in September 2019, 105 higher than September 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.

Using the alternative count, there would have been 3,015 unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham in August 2019. On this basis, the number of claimants would have been 20 higher than July 2019, and 350 higher than August 2018.

In addition to counting people currently claiming unemployment benefits, the adjusted figure includes people who would have been required to look for work had Universal Credit always been in place.