Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Hackney employment figures

The number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) in Hackney has risen slightly to 9,884 according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics: Regional Monthly Data - October 2009.

The figures describe the employment situation in September. In Hackney the number of people claiming JSA rose to 9,884 from 9,826 in August and 9550 in July.

The majority of the jobs lost were in the south of the borough. In terms of Hackney's overall working population (about 140,000) 7% are now on job seekers allowance, up from 6.9% in August and 6.7% in July.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington's JSA claimant count for September was 4,338 (6.3% of working population) up slightly from 4,331 in August (also 6.3%).

Hackney South and Shoreditch's JSA claimant count for September was 5,546 (7.8% of working population) up from 5,495 (7.7%) in August.

Over the last 11 months, the percentage of the borough's working population now claiming JSA has increased to 7% from 4.9% - the proportion of Hackney's working population on JSA - 4.9% was the figure in both October and November 2008.

Up until this month Hackney North's claimant count was increasing faster than Hackney South.

The latest figures, which are for September, show 51 new claimants in South Hackney compared to just 7 in Hackney North.

Hackney South has the higher percentage of JSA claimants - 7.8% of its working population, compared to Hackney North, 6.3%.

Figures from August in Regional Monthly Data - September 2009

Last month's figures - which covered July - showed that 9550 people in Hackney were claiming. This was an increase of 242 claimants from the figure in June. In June the number of claimants in Hackney actually fell to 9308 - from 9350 in May, a fall of 42 claimants.

Hackney North
May - 4,081
June - 4,118
July - 4206
August - 4,331
A total of 125 jobs lost over the period (up to July)
Now a total of 250 jobs lost since May.

Hackney South
May - 5,296
June - 5,190
July - 5,344
August - 5,495
A total of 48 jobs lost over the period (up to July).
Now a 199 jobs lost over the period from May.

Links to Blood and Property stories on unemployment:
Job Centre reorganised: can it cope?
Hackney crime figures - the only way is up
Hackney women losing jobs faster than men
Hackney: a worklessness miracle
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Unemployed in Hackney: The lull before the storm
Will Hackney return to 17% on the dole?


  1. Psst! Hackney tied with Tower Hamlets for highest proportion of benefits claimants in London!

  2. Hi Gregor, thanks for that. I'll have a look. I skimmed over it this month - and I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for when I look at the stats anyway. I saw the Hackney Gazette had a small piece this week saying Hackney North and Stoke Newington had 92 unemployed people per job - the highest level in the country.