JSNA: People in Oxfordshire claiming unemployment benefits for May 2020

DWP have published claimant count (unemployment benefits) data for May 2020 and there is an updated bitesize publication available on Oxfordshire Insight.

This shows…

  • As of May 2020, there was a total of 17,500 claimants of unemployment benefits in Oxfordshire.  This was 5,350 above the previous month (12,150 in April 2020).
  • Between March 2020 and May 2020, the number of claimants in Oxfordshire increased by 10,845 or 163%.  This was above each of the increases across England (+114%) and the South East (+150%).
  • The long-term trend is showing a much sharper increase than in 2008/09.
  • The increase in the number of claimants between March 2020 and May 2020 was highest in South Oxfordshire district.  The rate per population remains highest in Oxford and Cherwell.