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Unemployment statistics

​​​​​​​​Measuring unemployment

There are two unemployment indicators in Jersey:

  1. registered unemployment: the number of people registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW) with Customer and Local Services
  2. unemployment rate: the number of registered unemployed as well as people not registered but still seeking work

Registered unemployment

Customer and Local Services (CLS) compiles information on people registered as ASW in Jersey. Statistics Jersey independently analyses this anonymised data and publishes monthly reports of the figures.

Latest fi​​gures

On 31 December 2019:

  • on a seasonally adjusted  basis, the total number of people registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW) was:
    • 10 higher than at the end of the previous quarter
    • 10 lower than at the end of the corresponding quarter in 2018 (Q4 2018)
  • the non-seasonally adjusted ASW total was 880; this total is 40 lower than at the end of the previous quarter and 10 lower compared to a year earlier 
  • the total number of long-term ASW (registered for more than twelve months) was 240; this total is essentially unchanged when compared to the previous quarter but 30 higher than a year earlier
  • there were 310 individuals registered as ASW but engaged in some form of paid employment and classified as underemployed; this includes 100 individuals also classified as long-term ASW

Numbers registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW)


 Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Registered Actively Seeking Work - Fourth Quarter 2019

Statistics Jersey past reports

Unemployment rate

The internationally comparable rate is defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO unemployment rate measures the proportion of unemployed people in the entire work force. It includes people registered as unemployed as well as those not registered but still seeking work.

The ILO unemployment rate is measured by the Jersey census and is updated between census years through household surveys.

2014 / 15 Household Spending and Income Survey results

The ILO unemployment rate between April 2014 and May 2015 was estimated to be 4%. This rate corresponds to around 2,500 people being unemployed and looking for work.

2011 census results

In March 2011 the ILO unemployment rate was 4.7%, as measured by the 2011 Jersey census. This figure corresponded to 2,569 people being unemployed at that time​.

At the time of the 2011 census there were 1,310 people registered with the Social Security Department as ASW. This indicates that around half (48%) of unemployed people recorded by the census were not registered as ASW.

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