The Claimant Count measures the number of people claiming benefit principally for the reason of being unemployed.
Universal Credit was phased in across the country from May 2013 and introduced in Surrey in February 2016. This dataset includes all Universal Credit claimants who are required to seek work and be available for work, as well as all Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants
The Claimant Count includes people who claim unemployment-related benefits but who do not receive payment. For example, some claimants will have had their benefits stopped for a limited period of time by Jobcentre Plus. Some people claim JSA in order to receive National Insurance Credits.
Rates for local authorities are calculated using mid year estimates of the resident population.
Figures rounded to the nearest 5.
Totals exclude non-computerised clerical claims (approx. 1%)
These figures are not seasonally adjusted.