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This report looks at the Leeds economy with measures of employment, unemployment, jobs and salaries, and benefits.
For information about wards or other areas within Leeds, click on 'Profiles (local areas)' and choose a geography.
The council’s economic policy team also produces a range of research and regular briefing papers on the Leeds economy - Leeds Economy Handbook

Source abbreviations:
ONS APS = Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey
ONS ASHE = Office for National Statistics Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
ONS IDBR = Office for National Statistics Inter Departmental Business Register

Employment, unemployment and economically inactive rates in Leeds

75.8%
(388,900)
Employment rate (16 - 64 yrs old)
 


Source: ONS APS (2020-03)
4.2%
(17,600)
Unemployment rate (16 and over) 
 

Source: Model-based estimates of unemployment (2020-03)
21%
(107,900)
Economically inactive rate (16 - 64 yrs old)
 

Source: ONS APS (2020-03)

All people aged 16 and over may be classified into one of three labour market groups - employed, unemployed or economically inactive.  
The economically active population covers both people in work and unemployed people. 'Unemployed' means people are looking for work and available for work.

Economically active Employed Includes part-time work
Economically active Unemployed Without a job - available and seeking work
Economically inactive Economically inactive Not seeking work - includes sick, retired, full-time students, looking after family

The official figures for employment rate and unemployment rate are worked out slightly differently so the three headline figures above don't quite add up to 100%.

For a more detailed explanation, see A guide to labour market statistics

Employment

Employment rate is the proportion of the population aged 16 to 64 in employment, including part-time work.
For a more detailed explanation, see A guide to labour market statistics

#color:0x0167BB Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-03 Leeds: 75.8% #color:0x827676 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-03 Yorkshire and The Humber: 74% #color:0xD1D0D5 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-03 England: 76.2% Employment rate (2020-03)
Employment rate - aged 16-64 - figures for latest quarters
2017-062017-092017-122018-032018-062018-092018-122019-032019-062019-092019-122020-03
Employment rate - aged 16-64
Leeds75.875.376.676.977.275.575.075.574.374.474.675.8
Yorkshire and The Humber73.073.073.473.573.573.473.673.773.873.873.774.0
England74.674.775.175.275.275.375.475.675.875.976.076.2

Unemployment

Unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who are unemployed aged 16 and over.
The model-based unemployment rate is the official measure for local authorities.
The unemployment rate includes people who are unemployed but not claiming benefits, so it is higher than the claimant count rate.
For a more detailed explanation, see A guide to labour market statistics

#color:0x0167BB Unemployment rate (model based) 2020-03 Leeds: 4.2% #color:0x827676 Unemployment rate (model based) 2020-03 Yorkshire and The Humber: 4.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 Unemployment rate (model based) 2020-03 England: 3.9% Unemployment rate (2020-03)
Unemployment rate (model based) - figures for latest quarters
2017-062017-092017-122018-032018-062018-092018-122019-032019-062019-092019-122020-03
Unemployment rate (model based)
Leeds4.74.74.74.64.24.33.93.94.44.14.34.2
Yorkshire and The Humber5.04.95.04.84.74.74.54.54.54.34.44.1
England4.64.54.44.34.24.24.14.14.03.93.93.9

Economic inactivity

Economically inactive rate is the proportion of people aged 16 to 64 who are without a job and who are not seeking work or available for work.
The main economically inactive groups are students, people looking after family and home, long-term sick and disabled, temporarily sick and disabled, retired people and discouraged workers.
At local authority level, the numbers for 'discouraged' or 'temporary sick' are small so cannot be published on the chart.

For a more detailed explanation, see A guide to labour market statistics

 

#color:0x0167BB % who are economically inactive - aged 16-64 2020-03 Leeds: 21% #color:0x827676 % who are economically inactive - aged 16-64 2020-03 Yorkshire and The Humber: 22.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 % who are economically inactive - aged 16-64 2020-03 England: 20.6% Economically inactive rate (16-64 yrs old) (2020-03)
Reasons for being economically inactive
student
(34.8% of inactive)
long-term sick
(22% of inactive)
other
(11% of inactive)
looking after family/home
(21.1% of inactive)
retired
(9.2% of inactive)

Change over time - employment, unemployment and economic inactivity rates
For a longer timescale and briefing notes, see Leeds economy handbook

#color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2020-03: 4.1% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-12: 4.1% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-09: 3.7% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-06: 4.4% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-03: 3.5% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-12: 3.2% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-09: 3.8% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-06: 3.5% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-03: 3.9% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-12: 4.3% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-09: 4.0% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-06: 3.7% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-03: 3.2% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-12: 4.2% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-09: 4.6% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-06: 5.0% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-03: 5.9% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-03: 75.8% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-12: 74.6% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-09: 74.4% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-06: 74.3% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-03: 75.5% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-12: 75.0% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-09: 75.5% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-06: 77.2% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-03: 76.9% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-12: 76.6% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-09: 75.3% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-06: 75.8% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-03: 74.9% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-12: 74.0% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-09: 74.1% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-06: 73.2% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-03: 74.2% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2020-03: 32.8% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-12: 33.9% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-09: 34.6% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-06: 34.5% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-03: 33.8% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-12: 34.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-09: 33.5% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-06: 32.3% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-03: 32.2% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-12: 31.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-09: 33.4% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-06: 32.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-03: 34.1% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-12: 33.5% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-09: 33.0% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-06: 33.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-03: 32.6% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2020-03: 4.1% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-12: 4.1% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-09: 3.7% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-06: 4.4% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2019-03: 3.5% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-12: 3.2% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-09: 3.8% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-06: 3.5% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2018-03: 3.9% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-12: 4.3% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-09: 4.0% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-06: 3.7% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2017-03: 3.2% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-12: 4.2% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-09: 4.6% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-06: 5.0% #color:0x4DAF4A Unemployment rate - aged 16+ 2016-03: 5.9% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-03: 75.8% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-12: 74.6% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-09: 74.4% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-06: 74.3% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2019-03: 75.5% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-12: 75.0% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-09: 75.5% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-06: 77.2% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2018-03: 76.9% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-12: 76.6% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-09: 75.3% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-06: 75.8% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2017-03: 74.9% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-12: 74.0% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-09: 74.1% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-06: 73.2% #color:0x377DB8 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2016-03: 74.2% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2020-03: 32.8% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-12: 33.9% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-09: 34.6% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-06: 34.5% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2019-03: 33.8% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-12: 34.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-09: 33.5% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-06: 32.3% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2018-03: 32.2% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-12: 31.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-09: 33.4% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-06: 32.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2017-03: 34.1% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-12: 33.5% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-09: 33.0% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-06: 33.7% #color:0xE31A1C % who are economically inactive - aged 16+ 2016-03: 32.6% Change over time - Employed, unemployed and inactive rates

Working age population in Leeds

65.1%
of the population of Leeds  
are working age (16 - 64)
(516,054 people)


Source: ONS (2019)
40.1%
NVQ level 4 and above (aged 16-64) 

 38.3% of males
 41.8% of females

Source: ONS APS (2019-12)
6.7%
No qualifications (aged 16-64) 

 6.2% of males
 7.2% of females

Source: ONS APS (2019-12)
LeedsYorkshire and The HumberEngland
% with NVQ4+ - aged 16-64 2019-1240.134.240.0
% with NVQ3+ - aged 16-64 2019-1261.054.358.5
% with NVQ2+ - aged 16-64 2019-1275.672.575.7
% with NVQ1+ - aged 16-64 2019-1286.184.285.8
% with other qualifications (NVQ) - aged 16-64 2019-127.27.46.7
% with no qualifications (NVQ) - aged 16-64 2019-126.78.57.5
#color:0xD1D0D5 65+ years Leeds: 15.57 #color:0x1D4E8C 55 - 64 years Leeds: 10.36 #color:0x57ABA3 45 - 54 years Leeds: 12.14 #color:0x056746 35 - 44 years Leeds: 12.31 #color:0x71BF44 25 - 34 years Leeds: 15.31 #color:0xCFBC3F 18 - 24 years Leeds: 12.94 #color:0xD1D0D5 0 - 17 years Leeds: 21.36 #color:0xD1D0D5 65+ years Yorkshire and The Humber: 18.77 #color:0x1D4E8C 55 - 64 years Yorkshire and The Humber: 12.32 #color:0x57ABA3 45 - 54 years Yorkshire and The Humber: 13.41 #color:0x056746 35 - 44 years Yorkshire and The Humber: 11.83 #color:0x71BF44 25 - 34 years Yorkshire and The Humber: 13.28 #color:0xCFBC3F 18 - 24 years Yorkshire and The Humber: 9.13 #color:0xD1D0D5 0 - 17 years Yorkshire and The Humber: 21.26 #color:0xD1D0D5 65+ years England: 18.39 #color:0x1D4E8C 55 - 64 years England: 12.05 #color:0x57ABA3 45 - 54 years England: 13.54 #color:0x056746 35 - 44 years England: 12.7 #color:0x71BF44 25 - 34 years England: 13.52 #color:0xCFBC3F 18 - 24 years England: 8.43 #color:0xD1D0D5 0 - 17 years England: 21.36 Working age profile for Leeds (2019)

Jobs and salaries in Leeds

£28,848
Full time worker:
median annual pay (gross)
(Leeds)

Source: ONS ASHE (2019)
£31,047
Male full time worker:
median annual pay (gross)
(Leeds)
 
Source: ONS ASHE (2019)
£24,687
Female full time worker:
median annual pay (gross)
(Leeds)
 
Source: ONS ASHE (2019)
#color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2019: £31,047 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2018: £30,605 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2017: £30,250 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2016: £30,000 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2015: £28,416 #color:0xE2785C Female 2019: £24,687 #color:0xE2785C Female 2018: £24,336 #color:0xE2785C Female 2017: £24,073 #color:0xE2785C Female 2016: £25,010 #color:0xE2785C Female 2015: £22,895 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2019: £31,047 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2018: £30,605 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2017: £30,250 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2016: £30,000 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2015: £28,416 #color:0xE2785C Female 2019: £24,687 #color:0xE2785C Female 2018: £24,336 #color:0xE2785C Female 2017: £24,073 #color:0xE2785C Female 2016: £25,010 #color:0xE2785C Female 2015: £22,895 Male / Female full time worker's pay in  Leeds
#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2019: £30,661 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2018: £29,869 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2017: £29,085 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2016: £28,503 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2015: £27,838 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2019: £27,856 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2018: £26,894 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2017: £26,293 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2016: £25,957 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2015: £25,114 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2019: £28,848 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2018: £28,137 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2017: £27,818 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2016: £27,861 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2015: £26,333 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2019: £30,661 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2018: £29,869 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2017: £29,085 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2016: £28,503 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2015: £27,838 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2019: £27,856 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2018: £26,894 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2017: £26,293 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2016: £25,957 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2015: £25,114 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2019: £28,848 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2018: £28,137 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2017: £27,818 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2016: £27,861 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2015: £26,333 Full time resident workers annual pay
The chart below compares weekly median earnings of people living and working in the local area.
Resident earnings refer to the earnings of people who live in the area.
Workplace earnings refer to the earnings of those who work in the area.
#color:0x0167BB Leeds Median weekly pay - Resident: £555.9 #color:0x0167BB Leeds Median weekly pay - Workplace: £561 Resident vs Workplace full time weekly pay (2019)
Businesses by size in Leeds (2019)

      Yorkshire and The Humber England
  Number % % %
Large (250+) 165 0.6 0.4 0.4
Medium (50 - 249) 550 1.9 1.8 1.5
Small (10 - 49) 2,825 9.9 9.7 8.5
Micro (0 - 9) 25,035 87.6 88.1 89.6
Total 28,575      
Source: ONS IDBR
#color:0xD1D0D5 England  9: elementary occupations: 10.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 6.0% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  7: sales and customer service occupations: 6.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  6: caring, leisure and other service occupations: 8.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  5: skilled trades occupations: 9.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 14.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  2: professional occupations: 21.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 11.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  9: elementary occupations: 11.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 7.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  7: sales and customer service occupations: 8.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  6: caring, leisure and other service occupations: 9.8% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  5: skilled trades occupations: 10.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.0% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 13.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  2: professional occupations: 19.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 10.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  9: elementary occupations: 10.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 6.0% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  7: sales and customer service occupations: 6.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  6: caring, leisure and other service occupations: 8.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  5: skilled trades occupations: 9.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 14.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  2: professional occupations: 21.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 11.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  9: elementary occupations: 11.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 7.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  7: sales and customer service occupations: 8.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  6: caring, leisure and other service occupations: 9.8% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  5: skilled trades occupations: 10.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.0% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 13.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  2: professional occupations: 19.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 10.1% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  9: elementary occupations: 11.0% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 4.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  7: sales and customer service occupations: 7.0% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  6: caring, leisure and other service occupations: 9.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  5: skilled trades occupations: 8.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 8.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 17.2% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  2: professional occupations: 23.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 8.7% Occupation groups (2020-03)

People claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds

7.1%
(36,480 people)
Claimant count % in Leeds
 

Source: ONS Claimant count (2020-08)

Claimant count is a measure of the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits. It includes both people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and people claiming Universal Credit (UC) who are required to seek work
The claimant count % is the number of claimants as a percentage of the resident population aged 16-64.
The claimant count % is usually lower than the official unemployment rate because some unemployed people do not claim benefits.

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#color:0x0167BB Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-08 Leeds: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-08 Yorkshire and The Humber: 6.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-08 England: 6.6% Claimant count rate (2020-08)
#color:0x57ABA3 Aged 50+ - Total - Claimant count Leeds: 7150 #color:0x71BF44 Aged 25-49 - Total - Claimant count Leeds: 21525 #color:0xCFBC3F Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count Leeds: 7805 chart image
#color:0x65B4D2 Aged 50+ Leeds: 4,430 #color:0x5396CE Aged 25-49 Leeds: 13,395 #color:0x0167BB Aged 16-24 Leeds: 4,785 Male age breakdown of claimant counts (2020-08)
#color:0x65B4D2 Aged 50+ Leeds: 2,715 #color:0x5396CE Aged 25-49 Leeds: 8,130 #color:0x0167BB Aged 16-24 Leeds: 3,020 Female age breakdown of claimant counts (2020-08)

Looking at changes in the claimant count rate over time
The claimant count is not a good measure of change over time. Under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker’s Allowance, which has the effect of increasing the claimant count. 
To address this, the ONS have produced a new dataset for looking at change over time. This is the alternative claimant count and it models what the claimant count would have been if Universal Credit had been in place since 2013.
Coming soon…  
Chart showing change over time in the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits - using alternative claimant count.


Coronavirus crisis - Although we need the alternative claimant count to look at longer-term trends, we can use the unadjusted claimant count to give us a measure of how the number of claimants has changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic - see table below.

Rise in people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds during Coronavirus crisis
2020-042020-052020-062020-072020-08
Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count28,83035,05035,25035,79036,480
Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count %5.66.86.86.97.1

Rise in claimant count % during Coronavirus crisis  - for different age groups

#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: £8 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: £8 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-04: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-04: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: £7 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: £7 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-04: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: £8 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: £8 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-04: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-04: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: £7 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: £7 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-04: £5 Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count %
#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-04: £6 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: £7 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: £7 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: £7 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-04: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-04: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: £7 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-04: £6 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: £8 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: £7 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: £7 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: £7 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-04: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: £8 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-04: £7 25 - 49 claimant count
#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-04: £4 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-04: £4 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: £5 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: £5 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: £5 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-04: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: £5 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-04: £4 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: £5 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-04: £4 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: £6 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: £5 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: £5 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: £5 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-04: £5 25 - 49 claimant count
Number and % of 16-24 year olds claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds
2020-042020-052020-062020-072020-08
Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count5,5757,1557,5057,7457,805
Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count %4.766.36.56.6
Number and % of 25-49 year olds claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds
2020-042020-052020-062020-072020-08
Aged 25-49 - Total - Claimant count17,43521,01520,96521,08521,525
Aged 25-49 - Total - Claimant count %6.57.97.97.98.1
Number and % of people aged 50+ claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds
2020-042020-052020-062020-072020-08
Aged 50+ - Total - Claimant count5,8256,8756,7806,9607,150
Aged 50+ - Total - Claimant count %4.55.35.25.35.5

Low income and poverty in Leeds

For more information about poverty and low income, see the Leeds Poverty Fact Book 
In the Child Poverty section, it includes 2018/2019 figures for the new HMRC and DWP combined Local Measure for Children in Low Income Families. This new measure will replace the two measures shown below -  HMRC’s Personal Tax Credits: Children in low income families and DWP’s Children in out-of-work benefit households.

The Children in Low-Income Families Local Measure is the proportion of children living in families either:
in receipt of out-of-work benefits or
in receipt of tax credits with a reported income which is less than 60 per cent of national median income.
In Leeds there are 29,660 children under 16 living in low income families (rounded to 5). This is 20.3% of children in Leeds (2016)

#color:0x0167BB Children under 16 living in low income families 2016 Leeds: 20.3% #color:0x827676 Children under 16 living in low income families 2016 Yorkshire and The Humber: 19.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 Children under 16 living in low income families 2016 England: 17% Chart for Leeds using DEPRECATED: % Children under 16 - Low Income Families
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Children in out-of-work benefit claimant households
In Leeds, there are 27,625 children aged 0-18 living in households where a parent or guardian is claiming an out-of-work benefit - Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit. The figures are produced annually and the latest are from 2017.
For more information,  see the government's Guidelines on the use and interpretation of official statistics on children in out-of-work benefit households

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Fuel poverty
In Leeds, 10.3% of households (2018) are experiencing fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty is worked out by looking at low income and high energy costs.
For more information, see the government's Fuel poverty methodology

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