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