This indicator measures the percentage of the working age population who are claiming out of work benefits. These benefits include the main out-of-work client group categories (unemployed people on Jobseekers Allowance, Lone Parents on Income Support, Incapacity Benefits customers, and others on income-related benefits) and exclude the carer, disabled and bereaved client groups who are not subject to labour market activation policies in the same way as other groups.
The working age population is defined as the sum of females aged 16-59 plus males aged 16-64. Dates relate to a single point in time, the reference date, and provide a snapshot of claims at that point. The reference date is the last day of the middle month of the quarterly period. Data are not seasonally adjusted so any comparisons should be made year on year. This was previously reported as NI 152.