The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2019 was 2,035. This represents a rate of 3.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in October to December 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 465 higher than January 2018 and 30 higher than December 2018. There were 365 claimants aged 18-24 in January 2019, 60 higher than January 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.

Impact of Universal Credit

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.

Investment in Dagenham and Rainham

On the old Sanofi Aventis site in Dagenham East construction is currently underway on what will be the largest film studio in London. This will bring 4,000 new skilled jobs, and will also open the doors of opportunity for young people looking to embark on careers in the creative arts.

The site in Dagenham East will also be home to one of the largest data centres in the country which will provide many more new jobs. There is a lot of interest in the new development and the hope is that with lots of investment the site will breathe new life into the local economy.

London is moving east and we now have a new university along with lots of planned investment for the future. Including a planned Costa Coffee and Travelodge to join Elutec, the Pipe Major and Londoneast-uk at Dagenham East.

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “The level of unemployed claimants has gone up again this month, which highlights there is still a lot of work to do. There are also many unemployed residents not claiming JSA, and many more working on part-time and zero-hours contracts still struggling to make ends meet which are not reflected in the claimant numbers.

“The new film studio, the university, and other planned developments are a step in the right direction – but as ever we need to work hard to ensure that local residents are prioritised when new employment opportunity presents itself."