• The total number of unemployed claimants in Brecon and Radnorshire constituency in August 2017 was 320.
• This represents a rate of 1.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 575th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
• The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between May and July 2017.
• The number of claimants in Brecon and Radnorshire constituency is 40 lower than August 2016 and 25 lower than July 2017.
• There were 70 claimants aged 18-24 in August 2017, 30 lower than August 2016.
Figures are not seasonally adjusted and are rounded to the nearest five, meaning changes may be slightly over- or understated due to rounding errors. 'Unemployed claimants' include people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or who are claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work.
Chris Davies MP said:
"This is brilliant news that shows there are now 40 less people claiming unemployment benefits over the past year in Brecon and Radnorshire. Our economy is continually improving and although many said a vote to leave the European Union 15 months ago would cause a recession and reduce jobs. However, we have seen the opposite happen, Britain's economy is growing faster than most developed nations and employment is at its highest level since 1975".