Unemployment is a key measure of deprivation and hardship and this often has an adverse effect on marketing response and credit worthiness. The effects of lockdown because of the Pandemic has meant that unemployment claimant counts have increased markedly. The TRAC dataset provides an up to date set of measures based upon published monthly counts of unemployment claimants. to enable you to identify areas with high and low rates and more importantly to identify areas where the change in claimant rates is high or low. The most detailed geographic level for which these counts are available are lower level super output areas in England & Wales, and datazones in Scotland. The counts were standardized to give unemployment per thousand properties paying council tax for all areas in the country. The rates were then linked to postcodes to provide a unique and current picture of claimant rates that is easy to use, and to append to other databases.
The information is held in a dataset based upon July 2021 figures and contains:
- Rates of unemployment.
- Rates of unemployment broken out by gender and age.
- Unemployment rates banded into 20 equal sized bands for profiling purposes
- Changes in rates of unemployment between July 2021 and March 2020 (roughly the start of the pandemic).