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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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This website was created when I was MP for the Gosport constituency from May 2010 until Wednesday 3 May 2017. I have now ceased to be an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved for the General Election on 8 June 2017 when a new Parliament is elected.

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