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Leeds

This report looks at the Leeds economy with measures of employment, unemployment, jobs and salaries, and benefits.
For information about wards click on the map on the  Leeds Observatory home page
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

Employed, unemployed and inactive rates in Leeds

78.5%
(403,700)
Employment rate (16 - 64 yrs old)
 


Source: ONS APS (2020-06)
3.5%
(15,100)
Unemployment rate (16 and over) 
 

Source: Model-based estimates of unemployment (2020-06)
18.7%
(96,300)
Economically inactive rate (16 - 64 yrs old)
 

Source: ONS APS (2020-06)

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

Please note:
The employment rate and unemployment rate are worked out slightly differently so the three headline figures above don't quite add up to 100%.
The official figures for employment, unemployment and inactivity are from a national survey and are not available at ward level. 

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 2020-06 Leeds: 78.5% #color:0x827676 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-06 Yorkshire and The Humber: 74.6% #color:0xD1D0D5 Employment rate - aged 16-64 2020-06 England: 76.5% Employment rate (2020-06)
Employment rate - aged 16-64 - figures for latest quarters
2017-092017-122018-032018-062018-092018-122019-032019-062019-092019-122020-032020-06
Employment rate - aged 16-64
Leeds75.376.676.977.275.575.075.574.374.474.675.878.5
Yorkshire and The Humber73.073.473.573.573.473.673.773.873.873.774.074.6
England74.775.175.275.275.375.475.675.875.976.076.276.5

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

Please note: figures for people claiming unemployment-related benefits are updated more frequently than the offical unemployment rate, so can be useful for giving an indication about recent changes.  See the section People claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds

#color:0x0167BB Unemployment rate (model based) 2020-06 Leeds: 3.5% #color:0x827676 Unemployment rate (model based) 2020-06 Yorkshire and The Humber: 3.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 Unemployment rate (model based) 2020-06 England: 3.9% Unemployment rate (2020-06)
Unemployment rate (model based) - figures for latest quarters
2017-092017-122018-032018-062018-092018-122019-032019-062019-092019-122020-032020-06
Unemployment rate (model based)
Leeds4.74.74.64.24.33.93.94.44.14.34.23.5
Yorkshire and The Humber4.95.04.84.74.74.54.54.54.34.44.13.7
England4.54.44.34.24.24.14.14.03.93.93.93.9

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 2020-06 Leeds: 18.7% #color:0x827676 % who are economically inactive - aged 16-64 2020-06 Yorkshire and The Humber: 22.6% #color:0xD1D0D5 % who are economically inactive - aged 16-64 2020-06 England: 20.3% Economically inactive rate (16-64 yrs old) (2020-06)
Reasons for being economically inactive
student
(35.5% of inactive)
looking after family/home
(22.2% of inactive)
retired
(9.5% of inactive)
long-term sick
(20% of inactive)
other
(11.8% 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+ 2020-06: 3.4% #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 2020-06: 78.5% #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+ 2020-06: 30.9% #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+ 2020-06: 3.4% #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 2020-06: 78.5% #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+ 2020-06: 30.9% #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

£30,274
Full time worker:
median annual pay (gross)
(Leeds)

Source: ONS ASHE (2020)
£32,500
Male full time worker:
median annual pay (gross)
(Leeds)
 
Source: ONS ASHE (2020)
£27,653
Female full time worker:
median annual pay (gross)
(Leeds)
 
Source: ONS ASHE (2020)
#color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2020: £32,500 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2019: £31,144 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2018: £30,548 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2017: £30,250 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2016: £30,000 #color:0xE2785C Female 2020: £27,653 #color:0xE2785C Female 2019: £24,758 #color:0xE2785C Female 2018: £24,296 #color:0xE2785C Female 2017: £24,073 #color:0xE2785C Female 2016: £25,010 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2020: £32,500 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2019: £31,144 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2018: £30,548 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2017: £30,250 #color:0x1F6BB1 Male 2016: £30,000 #color:0xE2785C Female 2020: £27,653 #color:0xE2785C Female 2019: £24,758 #color:0xE2785C Female 2018: £24,296 #color:0xE2785C Female 2017: £24,073 #color:0xE2785C Female 2016: £25,010 Male / Female full time worker's pay in  Leeds
#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020: £31,766 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2019: £30,692 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2018: £29,869 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2017: £29,085 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2016: £28,503 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020: £28,800 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2019: £27,921 #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:0x0167BB Leeds 2020: £30,274 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2019: £28,908 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2018: £28,042 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2017: £27,818 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2016: £27,861 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020: £31,766 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2019: £30,692 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2018: £29,869 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2017: £29,085 #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2016: £28,503 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020: £28,800 #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2019: £27,921 #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:0x0167BB Leeds 2020: £30,274 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2019: £28,908 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2018: £28,042 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2017: £27,818 #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2016: £27,861 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: £574.9 #color:0x0167BB Leeds Median weekly pay - Workplace: £573 Resident vs Workplace full time weekly pay (2020)
Businesses by size in Leeds (2020)

      Yorkshire and The Humber England
  Number % % %
Large (250+) 170 0.6 0.4 0.4
Medium (50 - 249) 555 1.8 1.7 1.5
Small (10 - 49) 2,845 9.4 9.5 8.4
Micro (0 - 9) 26,615 88.2 88.3 89.7
Total 30,185      
Source: ONS IDBR
#color:0xD1D0D5 England  9: elementary occupations: 9.6% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 5.7% #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: 9.6% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 15.2% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  2: professional occupations: 22.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 12.0% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  9: elementary occupations: 10.8% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  7: sales and customer service occupations: 7.6% #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: 10.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 14.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  2: professional occupations: 20.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 10.0% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  9: elementary occupations: 9.6% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 5.7% #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: 9.6% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 15.2% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  2: professional occupations: 22.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 12.0% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  9: elementary occupations: 10.8% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  7: sales and customer service occupations: 7.6% #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: 10.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 14.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  2: professional occupations: 20.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 10.0% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  9: elementary occupations: 10.0% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  8: process, plant and machine operatives: 4.1% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  7: sales and customer service occupations: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  6: caring, leisure and other service occupations: 8.7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  5: skilled trades occupations: 8.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  4: administrative and secretarial occupations: 9.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  3: associate prof & tech occupations: 17.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  2: professional occupations: 25.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds  1: managers, directors and senior officials: 9.1% Occupation groups (2020-06)

People claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds

6.9%
(35,450 people)
Claimant count % in Leeds
 

Source: ONS Claimant count (2020-11)

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 not the same as the official unemployment rate because some unemployed people do not claim benefits. Also the claimant count is updated more frequently than the official unemployment rate - see Employed, unemployed and inactive rates in Leeds

Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Harewood: 2.7 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Wetherby: 3 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Guiseley & Rawdon: 3.2 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Horsforth: 3.5 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Garforth & Swillington: 3.7 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Headingley & Hyde Park: 4.1 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Kippax & Methley: 4.2 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Ardsley & Robin Hood: 4.3 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Little London & Woodhouse: 4.4 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Weetwood: 4.6 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Adel & Wharfedale: 4.7 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Calverley & Farsley: 4.7 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Morley North: 4.8 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Otley & Yeadon: 4.9 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Moortown: 5 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Rothwell: 5.1 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Alwoodley: 5.4 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Roundhay: 5.4 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Morley South: 5.4 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Cross Gates & Whinmoor: 6 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Pudsey: 6 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Leeds: 6.9 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Temple Newsam: 7 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Kirkstall: 7.8 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Bramley & Stanningley: 8.3 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Hunslet & Riverside: 8.4 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Farnley & Wortley: 8.9 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Chapel Allerton: 9.8 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Beeston & Holbeck: 9.8 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Middleton Park: 10.1 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Killingbeck & Seacroft: 10.8 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Armley: 11.7 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Burmantofts & Richmond Hill: 14.6 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Gipton & Harehills: 16.4 chart image
#color:0x0167BB Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Leeds: 6.9% #color:0x827676 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 Yorkshire and The Humber: 6.5% #color:0xD1D0D5 Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count % 2020-11 England: 6.4% Claimant count rate (2020-11)
#color:0x57ABA3 Aged 50+ - Total - Claimant count Leeds: 7265 #color:0x71BF44 Aged 25-49 - Total - Claimant count Leeds: 20720 #color:0xCFBC3F Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count Leeds: 7465 chart image
#color:0x65B4D2 Aged 50+ Leeds: 4,425 #color:0x5396CE Aged 25-49 Leeds: 12,710 #color:0x0167BB Aged 16-24 Leeds: 4,580 Male age breakdown of claimant counts (2020-11)
#color:0x65B4D2 Aged 50+ Leeds: 2,840 #color:0x5396CE Aged 25-49 Leeds: 8,015 #color:0x0167BB Aged 16-24 Leeds: 2,885 Female age breakdown of claimant counts (2020-11)

Looking at changes in the claimant count 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 tables and charts below.

Rise in people claiming unemployment related benefits (claimant count) in Leeds during the Coronavirus crisis.

#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 6.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 6.2% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 6.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 6.5% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 6.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 6.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 6.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 6.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 6.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 6.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 6.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 6.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 6.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 6.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 6.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 6.8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 6.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 6.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 6.8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 6.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 6.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 6.2% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 6.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 6.5% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 6.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 6.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 6.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 6.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 6.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 6.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 6.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 6.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 6.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 6.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 6.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 6.8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 6.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 6.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 6.8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 6.8% Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count %
2020-052020-062020-072020-082020-092020-102020-11
Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count35,05035,25035,79036,02535,85535,00035,450
Age 16+ - Total - Claimant count %6.86.86.976.96.86.9

Rise in claimant count during the Coronavirus crisis - different age groups

#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 7.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 7.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 7.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 7.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 7.5% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 7.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 7.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 7.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 7.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 7.8% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 7.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 7.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 7.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 6.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 6.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 6.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 6% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 7.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 7.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 7.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 7.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 7.5% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 7.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 7.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 7.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 7.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 7.8% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 7.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 7.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 7.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 6.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 6.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 6.5% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 6.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 6% Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count %
#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 6.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 6.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 7.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 6.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 7.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 7.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 7.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 7.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 7.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 7.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 7.8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 7.7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 7.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 7.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 7.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 7.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 6.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 6.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 7.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 6.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 7.1% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 7.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 7.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 7.4% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 7.3% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 7.2% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 7.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 7.8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 7.7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 7.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 8% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 7.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 7.9% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 7.9% 25 - 49 claimant count
#color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 5% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 4.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 4.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 4.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 4.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 4.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 4.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 4.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 4.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 4.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 4.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 4.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 4.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 4.7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 5.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 5.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 5.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 5.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 5.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 5.2% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 5.3% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-11: 5% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-10: 4.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-09: 4.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-08: 4.9% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-07: 4.8% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-06: 4.7% #color:0xD1D0D5 England 2020-05: 4.9% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-11: 4.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-10: 4.5% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-09: 4.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-08: 4.7% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-07: 4.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-06: 4.6% #color:0x827676 Yorkshire and The Humber 2020-05: 4.7% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-11: 5.6% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-10: 5.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-09: 5.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-08: 5.4% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-07: 5.3% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-06: 5.2% #color:0x0167BB Leeds 2020-05: 5.3% 25 - 49 claimant count
Number and % of 16-24 year olds claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds
2020-052020-062020-072020-082020-092020-102020-11
Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count7,1557,5057,7457,7207,7457,5807,465
Aged 16-24 - Total - Claimant count %66.36.56.56.56.46.3
Number and % of 25-49 year olds claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds
2020-052020-062020-072020-082020-092020-102020-11
Aged 25-49 - Total - Claimant count21,01520,96521,08521,22521,01520,42020,720
Aged 25-49 - Total - Claimant count %7.97.97.987.97.77.8
Number and % of people aged 50+ claiming unemployment-related benefits in Leeds
2020-052020-062020-072020-082020-092020-102020-11
Aged 50+ - Total - Claimant count6,8756,7806,9607,0807,0906,9957,265
Aged 50+ - Total - Claimant count %5.35.25.35.45.45.35.6

Low income and poverty in Leeds

This section looks at child poverty and fuel poverty.
For more information about poverty and low income, see the Leeds Poverty Fact Book
See also our resources on Index of Multiple Deprivation

Child poverty

The new HMRC and DWP combined Local Measure for Children in Low Income Families replaces DWP’s Children in out-of-work benefit households and HMRC’s Personal Tax Credits: Children in low income families.
It is designed to provide a more coherent picture of children in low-income families. For more information about the data, see Children in low income families local area statistics


In Leeds there are 34,871 children under 16 living in low income families. This is 22.9% of children in Leeds (2018-2019)

#color:0x0167BB Percentage of Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Leeds: 22.9% #color:0x827676 Percentage of Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Yorkshire and The Humber: 23.4% #color:0xD1D0D5 Percentage of Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 England: 18.4% chart image
Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Wetherby: 234 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Harewood: 244 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Garforth & Swillington: 360 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Guiseley & Rawdon: 373 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Horsforth: 380 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Headingley & Hyde Park: 424 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Adel & Wharfedale: 432 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Kippax & Methley: 490 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Otley & Yeadon: 509 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Weetwood: 569 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Rothwell: 571 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Morley South: 573 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Calverley & Farsley: 604 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Ardsley & Robin Hood: 609 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Morley North: 613 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Moortown: 626 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Alwoodley: 657 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Cross Gates & Whinmoor: 766 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Pudsey: 815 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Roundhay: 884 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Kirkstall: 950 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Temple Newsam: 997 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Farnley & Wortley: 1160 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Bramley & Stanningley: 1225 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Little London & Woodhouse: 1343 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Chapel Allerton: 1429 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Armley: 1562 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Killingbeck & Seacroft: 1638 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Beeston & Holbeck: 1802 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Middleton Park: 1948 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Hunslet & Riverside: 2093 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Burmantofts & Richmond Hill: 3004 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 Gipton & Harehills: 5116 Children U16 living in Families with Relative Low Income 2018-2019 - all wards

Fuel poverty

In Leeds, 10.3% of households (34,657 households) are experiencing fuel poverty (2018).
Fuel poverty is worked out by looking at low income and high energy costs.
For more information, see the government's Fuel poverty methodology

#color:0x0167BB Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Leeds: 10.3% #color:0x827676 Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Yorkshire and The Humber: 10.1% #color:0xD1D0D5 Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 England: 10.3% Key Stage 4 - average attainment 8 score
Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Adel & Wharfedale: 6.6% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Wetherby: 7% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Guiseley & Rawdon: 7.2% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Horsforth: 7.3% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Ardsley & Robin Hood: 7.4% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Morley North: 7.5% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Alwoodley: 7.5% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Kippax & Methley: 7.7% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Calverley & Farsley: 7.8% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Garforth & Swillington: 7.8% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Harewood: 7.8% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Moortown: 8.1% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Morley South: 8.2% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Rothwell: 8.2% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Pudsey: 8.5% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Cross Gates & Whinmoor: 8.7% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Otley & Yeadon: 9.1% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Weetwood: 9.3% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Roundhay: 9.3% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Temple Newsam: 9.6% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Farnley & Wortley: 9.7% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Armley: 10.2% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Middleton Park: 10.2% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Bramley & Stanningley: 10.3% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Hunslet & Riverside: 11.3% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Chapel Allerton: 12.1% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Beeston & Holbeck: 12.2% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Burmantofts & Richmond Hill: 12.4% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Killingbeck & Seacroft: 13% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Kirkstall: 13.1% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Little London & Woodhouse: 15.8% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Gipton & Harehills: 18.5% Percentage of households in fuel poverty 2018 Headingley & Hyde Park: 28.9% chart image
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