Every month, the House of Commons Library updates Members of Parliament on the level of unemployment in their constituency. I am always sure to scrutinise these figures closely because increasing employment in Gosport and regenerating our local economy are my top priorities as MP.

While I often draw attention to these figures through social media and press releases, I thought constituents might value being able to access this data quickly and easily on my website. Therefore, I decided to launch a Gosport Unemployment Tracker. Each month I will update the figures in accordance with the data received from the House of Commons Library.

*Further Information*

The JSA claimant count is the best short-term indicator available for unemployment at a local level. This is because it is based on administrative records, rather than survey data.

It is important to note that a reduction in the claimant count does not necessarily correspond to an equivalent increase in the number of people in work. An individual might stop their JSA or Universal Credit claim for a reason other than getting a job. Some people may have stopped looking for work or no longer meet the eligibility criteria for JSA – for example, because they have entered full-time education or training, or for some other reason.

The number of unemployed claimants, though, is still used as the most reliable measure of unemployment at a constituency level.

Previously we were provided with a rank out of 650 constituencies based on the constituency claimant rate. However, ranks for all constituencies are affected by Universal Credit rollout. This makes the ranks less informative and therefore they have been omitted.

*Please Note from September 2019 this is the unadjusted claimant count which shows the number of people who have claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, or are claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work. The unadjusted claimant count is currently not a good indicator for how many people are looking for work due to the roll-out of Universal Credit. *

*The alternative claimant count models how many people would have claimed these benefits had Universal Credit been fully in place since 2013. This series provides a better indication of unemployment trends after Universal Credit roll out than the unadjusted figures. However, they do not represent the actual number of people claiming therefore I am not using those statistics.*

__September 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in September 2019 was 1105. **This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 255 lower than September 2010.

__August 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in August 2019 was 1090. **This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 283 lower than August 2010.

__July 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in July 2019 was 1055. **This represents a rate of 2.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.6%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 281 lower than July 2010.

__June 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in June 2019 was 1050. **This represents a rate of 2.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.6%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 362 lower than June 2010.

__May 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in April 2019 was 995. **This represents a rate of 2.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 555 lower than May 2010.

__April 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in April 2019 was 970. **This represents a rate of 2.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 40 higher than March 2019 and 674 lower than April 2010.

__March 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in March 2019 was 935. **This represents a rate of 1.9% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.4%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 85 higher than March 2018 and 768 lower than March 2010.

__February 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in January 2019 was 835. **This represents a rate of 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.3%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 10 higher than February 2018 and 961 lower than February 2010.

__January 2019__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in January 2019 was 795. **This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 10 higher than January 2018 and 1012 lower than January 2010.

__December 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in December 2018 was 720**. This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 5 lower than December 2017 and 697 lower than December 2010.

__November 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in November 2018 was 735. **This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.0%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 20 lower than October 2018 and 649 lower than November 2010.

__October 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in October 2018 was 755. **This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 10 lower than September 2018 and 594 lower than October 2010.

__September 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in September 2018 was 765.** This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 5 lower than September 2017 and 595 lower than September 2010.

__August 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in August 2018 was 750. **This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 85 higher than August 2017 and 623 lower than August 2010.

__July 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in July 2018 was 770.** This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 95 higher than July 2017 and 566 lower than July 2010.

__June 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in June 2018 was 820.** This represents a rate of 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 165 higher than June 2017 and 592 lower than June 2010.

__May 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in May 2018 was 850. **This represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 190 higher than May 2017 and 700 lower than May 2010.

__April 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in April 2018 was 865.** This represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%.

The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 170 higher than April 2017 and 779 lower than April 2010.

__March 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in March 2018 was 850. **This represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 458th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%.

The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 160 higher than March 2017 and 853 lower than March 2010.

__February 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in February 2018 was 830. **This represents a rate of 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 456th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.7%.

The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 160 higher than February 2017 and 966 lower than February 2010.

__January 2018__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in January 2018 was 790. **This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 455th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%.

The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 165 higher than January 2017 and 1017 lower than January 2010.

__December 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in December 2017 was 725. **This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 466th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 160 higher than November 2016 and 692 lower than December 2010.

__November 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in November 2017 was 690. **This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 480th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The number of claimants in Gosport constituency is 85 higher than November 2016 and 694 lower than November 2010.

__October 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in October 2017 was 685.** This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 479th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 72 higher than October 2016 and 664 lower than October 2010.

__September 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in September 2017 was 690.** This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 478th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 101 higher than September 2016 and 670 lower than September 2010.

__August 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in August 2017 was 665. **This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 491st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 70 higher than August 2016 and 703 lower than June 2010.

__July 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in July 2017 was 665.** This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 489th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 84 higher than July 2016 and 671 lower than July 2010.

__June 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in June 2017 was 655. **This represents a rate of 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 499th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 110 higher than June 2016 and 757 lower than June 2010.

__May 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in May 2017 was 660. **This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 507th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 90 higher than May 2016 and 890 lower than May 2010.

__April 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in April 2017 was 700. **This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 500th highest of the 650 UK constituencies**. **(1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 100 higher than April 2016 and 944 lower than April 2010.

__March 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in March 2017 was 690. **This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 502nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 40 higher than March 2016 and 1013 lower than March 2010.

__February 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in February 2017 was 670.**This represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 502nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 5 higher than February 2016 and 1126 lower than February 2010.

__January 2017__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in January 2017 was 630. **This represents a rate of 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 501st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 30 lower than January 2016 and 1177 lower than January 2010.

__December 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in December 2016 was 560. **This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 529th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 50 lower than December 2015 and 857 lower than December 2010.

__November 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in November 2016 was 604. **This represents a rate of 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 506th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is the same as in November 2015 and 779 lower than November 2010.

__October 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in October 2016 was 613. **This represents a rate of 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 505th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 5 lower than in October 2015 and 739 lower than October 2010.

__September 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in September 2016 was 589. **This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 501st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 62 lower than in September 2015 and 815 lower than September 2010.

__August 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in August 2016 was 595. **This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 500th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 64 lower than in August 2015 and 778 lower than August 2010.

__July 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in July 2016 was 581**. This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 509th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 105 lower than in July 2015 and 751 lower than July 2010.

**From this month, these figures include the number of Universal Credit claimants who are required to seek work. This follows the publication of new data by DWP. Previously, figures showed the total number of Universal Credit claimants who were not in work. Data have been revised back to April 2015, therefore the figures above may not be fully comparable to those given last month.*

__June 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in June 2016 was 527**. This represents a rate of 1.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 523rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 180 lower than in June 2015 and 887 lower than in June 2010.

__May 2016__

**The total number of unemployed claimants in Gosport constituency in May 2016 was 557**. This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 518th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 178 lower than in May 2015 and 990 lower than in May 2010.