Unemployment figures are published each month by the Office for National Statistics.
From May 2015 the Office for National Statistics is publishing claimant count unemployment rates, which include Universal Credit claimants. This is now the headline measure of unemployment. Data for youth and long-term unemployment will be released shortly.
The number of people out of work and claiming benefits is an important indicator of the economic health of an area.
Comparisons between different areas can be made by showing the number of benefit claimants as a proportion of the total population of working age to give an unemployment rate.
Employment and unemployment statistics for Derbyshire are available in the Derbyshire Observatory.