This fourth Guernsey Unemployment Bulletin provides headline information on unemployment in Guernsey (including the islands of Guernsey, Herm, Jethou and Lihou).
The bulletin has been produced using data from the Committee for Employment & Social Security to provide comprehensive and up to date information on unemployment trends.
The first three editions of this bulletin along with the latest Population, Employment and Earnings Bulletin, which contains information on numbers of employers, employees and self-employees and the earnings of employees at the end of March 2020, are available here.
The next edition of the Bulletin is due to be published at the end of October 2020 and will include employment and earnings information up to the end of June 2020.
The figures presented in this bulletin are based on administrative data relating to Unemployment
Benefit and Income Support claimants across the whole population. Here are some of the highlights:
- There were 570 people registered as wholly unemployed* during the week ending 3rd October 2020 (1.8% of the workforce), 120 fewer people than during the week ending 5th September.
- A peak was seen in the number of wholly unemployed* at the end of May 2020 (1,631 people, 5.2% of the workforce). Since then, there has been a reduction of 1,061 people or 3.3 percentage points.
- The week ending 11th July saw the largest weekly decrease in the number of people wholly unemployed, with 283 fewer people registered as unemployed compared to the end of the previous week.
- The number of wholly unemployed* people has been decreasing across all age groups, for both men and women, since the end of May 2020 (a decrease of 70% in unemployed men and a 58% reduction in unemployed women). The largest percentage decline was seen in the 30 to 39 age group for both men and women (a decrease of 77% and 66% since May 2020 respectively).
- There were fewer unemployed men in the 16 to 19, 20 to 29 and 30 to 39 age categories at the end of September 2020 than at the end of March 2020, the lowest levels seen since lockdown.
- As at 3rd October 2020, 25% of people claiming Unemployment Benefit had skills relating to administration and finance, 14% retail, 14% construction and trade and 11% catering and hospitality.
You can read the full report here.