While the unemployment rate in Cardiff is similar to other ‘Core Cities’, there is significant difference across the city in terms of the claimant count rate (i.e. the number of people claiming benefits principally for the reasons of being unemployed) with Ely, Caerau and Splott experiencing the highest rates and Creigiau / St Fagans, Cyncoed and Lisvane experiencing the lowest.

There are also significant disparities in unemployment rates when comparing different groups in society. In terms of the difference in unemployment rates between those with or with no work-limiting disability (Annual Population Survey), Cardiff has the joint-fourth highest disparity across the ‘Core Cities’. The same is true for unemployment rates between the white and ethnic minority populations in the city (2011 Census).