Unemployment in Croydon Central falling much faster than in most parts of the country
One of the privileges of being a Member of Parliament is access to the wonderful House of Commons library, which supports Members in their work. The quality of the staff who work there is second to none.
Among the huge amount of briefing they supply is a monthly analysis of the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). This is one of two measures of unemployment, the other being an international definition that includes everyone looking and available for work whether or not they are claiming JSA. The latter is an estimate based on surveys; the former is an actual count and can be broken down by local authority, Parliamentary constituency etc.
The data shows that the claimant count in Croydon Central is higher than the national average (we are in the second quintile: if you placed constituencies into groups - the 20 per cent with the highest claimant count, then the next 20%, then the next 20% etc, we would be in the second group), but encouragingly it also shows that it is falling much faster than the national average (in terms of rate of increase, we are in the bottom quintile ie unemployment is decreasing most rapidly as this map illustrates).
The claimant count in Croydon Central reached its peak in February of this year at 3,491 since when it has fallen by 324 or 9.3%, despite the bad news re Allders. It’s great to see us performing better than most other parts of the country in this crucial regard. Long may it continue...