I thought that readers of this site may like to know that the latest Wolverhampton unemployment rate is significantly higher than the rate for the wider West Midlands region. It is also higher than the local Black Country average (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton), and well more than double the national unemployment rate.
As of November 2015, Wolverhampton has the fifth highest JSA claimant rate, at 3.8%, of all 326 English local authorities. Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside and Kingston–upon-Hull have higher claimant rates than Wolverhampton…
Its not a statistic that Is pleasant to record.
However there is a glimmer of good news in that during November, the claimant rate has ranged between 5.2% and 3.8% each year since 2008. The latest month’s data, covering November 2015, has a claimant rate of 3.8%, which represents a decrease of 203 claimants since the previous month. This is now well below the level that we saw at the start of the recession in 2008.
Youth unemployment is a major issue for Wolverhampton and England as a whole. As at November 2015, Wolverhampton has the fourth highest youth unemployment claimant rate, at 5.7%, of all 326 English local authorities. This represents a decrease of 55 claimants during the month.
Looking at the Wards – Wednesfield North has 177 claimants which is 2.7%, that is 0.1% better figures than this time last November(2014)
The highest JSA claimant rates are in St Peter’s (5.7%) and East Park (5.3%). The lowest JSA claimant rate is in Tettenhall Regis (1.6%). Comparing November 2015 to the previous month, twelve of the City’s wards have decreased claimant rates, with six wards remaining the same. Fallings Park and Tettenhall Regis wards saw an increase in JSA claimant rate.