Employment data from the ONS and the economic effect of Coronavirus

New data from the Office for National Statistics published today begins to show the economic effect Coronavirus is having on the UK. The full data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/

In Wycombe, there were 2,725 claimants (who were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, or were claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work) in April 2020, or 3.9% of the population aged 16-64. This was 885 higher than March 2020 and 1,355 higher than April 2019. The equivalent UK claimant count was 5.1%. 

These rising unemployment figures will hit those affected hard. They begin to indicate the scale of the economic challenge coronavirus presents. I am thankful Wycombe continues to do well by national standards.

I will continue to work closely with local and national authorities to give the private sector economy the very best chance of a swift recovery post-coronavirus.


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