Source: Office for National Statistics – Out of work benefits
- The Claimant Count is a measure of the number of people claiming benefits principally for the reason of being unemployed, based on administrative data from the benefits system. This is primarily Jobseeker’s Allowance but will also include certain Universal Credit claimants.
- The Claimant Count does not attempt to measure unemployment, which is defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as all those who are out of work, actively seeking work and available to start work.
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