Job Losses

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

How many jobs have been lost over the past 6 months in each London Borough?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Official data on job losses by region or local authority is not timely or readily available. However, we can use data on Labour Market flows for London as an approximation for the people that have left employment. This shows that in the second quarter of 2020 (April- June), 179,000 Londoners became unemployed or economically inactive. Not all of these people will have left employment because of being made redundant.

Claimant count data are sometimes used as proxy for the number of people that have become unemployed. The latest labour Market Update for London provides claimant count data at the borough level.

It is worth noting that an increasing number of people became eligible for unemployment-related benefit support, although still employed. Consequently, changes in Claimant Count will not be due wholly to changes in the number of people who are unemployed.