There are 2 unemployment indicators in Jersey:
The number of people registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW) with Customer and Local Services (CLS).
The number of registered unemployed and people not registered but still seeking work.
CLS compiles information on people registered as ASW in Jersey. Statistics Jersey independently analyses this anonymised data and publishes monthly reports of the figures.
On 30 June 2023:
- on a seasonally adjusted basis, the total number of people registered as actively seeking work (ASW) was 80 higher than at the end of the previous quarter and 20 lower compared with a year earlier
- the non-seasonally adjusted ASW total was 610; this total is essentially unchanged compared with the end of the previous quarter and 10 lower compared with a year earlier
- a greater number of females (330 individuals) than males (280 individuals) were registered as ASW
- the total number of long-term ASW (registered for more than twelve months) was 170; this total is essentially unchanged when compared with the previous quarter and 50 lower compared with a year earlier
- of the 610 people registered as ASW, 200 individuals were engaged in some form of paid employment and classified as underemployed; this includes 80 individuals who were classified as long-term ASW
Numbers registered as Actively Seeking Work (ASW)
Registered Actively Seeking Work, Second Quarter 2023
Statistics Jersey past reports
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.