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Unemployment statistics

​​​​​​​​​​Measuring unemployment

There are 2 unemployment indicators in Jersey:

Registered unemployment

The number of people registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW) with Customer and Local Services (CLS).

Unemployment rate

The number of registered unemployed and people not registered but still seeking work.

Registered unemployment

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 2023:
  • on a seasonally adjusted basis, the total number of people registered as actively seeking work (ASW) was 90 higher than at the end of the previous quarter and 60 higher compared with a year earlier
  • the non-seasonally adjusted ASW total was 720. This total is 20 higher than the end of the previous quarter and 50 higher compared with a year earlier 
  • a greater number of females (390 individuals) than males (330 individuals) were registered as ASW
  • the total number of long-term ASW (registered for more than 12 months) was 180. This total is essentially unchanged from the previous quarter and 20 lower compared with a year earlier
  • of the 720 people registered as ASW, 230 individuals were engaged in some form of paid employment and classified as underemployed. T​his includes 80 individuals who were classified as long-term ASW

Numbers registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW)

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Registered Actively Seeking Work, Fourth Quarter 2023

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 and 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.

2021 census results

In March 2021 the ILO unemployment rate was 3.5%, as measured by the 2021 Jersey census. This figure corresponded to 2,058 people being unemployed at that time​.

At the time of the 2021 census there were 1,320 people registered with the Social Security Department as ASW. Of those individuals, 910 were unemployed and 400 were engaged in some form of paid employment. This indicates that slightly over half (55%) of unemployed people recorded by the census were not registered as ASW.

2014 and 2015 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 who were unemployed and 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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