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  • 16 November 2017
    New unemployment data for October 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for October 2017 were released on Wednesday 15 November 2017 by the Department of Works and Pensions, and are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Figures shown use the headline 'Claimant Count' indicator introduced in October 2015, which counts the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance plus those who claim Universal Credit who are out of work.

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=124&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in October 2017 was 5,745 or 2.1% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.9%). This represents a decrease of -90 on the previous month, and an increase of +145 claimants on the same time last year. The number unemployed January 2008 to date peaked in February 2013 (13,440). In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (0.9%), with Bradford the highest (2.6%).

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,310 or 3.3% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.7%), -20 lower than last month and -100 lower than the same time last year. Over the period April 2016 to March 2017, 1,094 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 92 per month (Source: Gov.uk).

    There are two ways of measuring unemployment. The alternative method to the claimant count is the Annual Population Survey which is less accurate, but counts people who are not eligible for benefit that are out of work and actively seeking work. In Kirklees the latest model-based unemployment figure was 11,300 or 5.3% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.8%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 8,900 and 13,700 (4.2% to 6.4), so this helps to show why this measure is not often quoted; nevertheless the trend has been downwards, and the latest figure for people surveyed between July 2016 and June 2017 is statistically significantly lower than July 2012 and June 2013.

  • 01 November 2017
    Mid-year estimate 2016 (small areas)
    Mid-year 2016 ward estimates were published 26 October 2017 and are now included in profiles and tables. There is also a spreadsheet showing single year of age for Kirklees wards and Kirklees. The spreadsheet also contains estimates for 2002 through to 2015. From 2002 to 2016 it is estimated that Newsome ward grew by around 5,900 people (+35%) with Greenhead also seeing a large increase of around 3,300 (+20%); Newsome in particular has seen an expansion in dedicated student accommodation, with around 6,600 people (29%) aged 15 to 24 living in the ward. No ward decreased in population, though Dalton showed little change with an estimated increase of 300 between 2002 and 2016.

    Spreadsheet: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/resource/view?resourceId=3692
    Table broad age groups: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=148
    Table single years of age: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=556
    Table five year age bands: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=184
  • 20 October 2017
    02 Sub Regional Economic Profile
    The 02 Sub Regional Economic Profile has been updated with data for 2015 or 2016 (as available). This profile provides a description of the economy focusing on:

    - Population
    - Total Employment
    - Economic Activity (Employment & Unemployment Rate)
    - Economic Inactivity
    - Occupations
    - Qualifications


  • 20 October 2017
    New unemployment data for September 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for September 2017 were released on Wednesday 18 October 2017 by the Department of Works and Pensions, and are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Figures shown use the headline 'Claimant Count' indicator introduced in October 2015, which counts the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance plus those who claim Universal Credit who are out of work.

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=124&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in September 2017 was 5,835 or 2.1% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.9%). This represents a decrease of -100 on the previous month, and an increase of +180 claimants on the same time last year. The number unemployed January 2008 to date peaked in February 2013 (13,440). In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (0.8%), with Bradford the highest (2.6%).

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,330 or 3.3% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.7%), +10 higher than last month and -85 lower than the same time last year. Over the period April 2016 to March 2017, 1,094 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 92 per month (Source: Gov.uk).

    There are two ways of measuring unemployment. The alternative method to the claimant count is the Annual Population Survey which is less accurate, but counts people who are not eligible for benefit that are out of work and actively seeking work. In Kirklees the latest model-based unemployment figure was 11,300 or 5.3% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.8%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 8,900 and 13,700 (4.2% to 6.4), so this helps to show why this measure is not often quoted; nevertheless the trend has been downwards, and the latest figure for people surveyed between July 2016 and June 2017 is statistically significantly lower than July 2012 and June 2013.

  • 02 October 2017
    New fires data for 2016/17
    New figures for primary and secondary fires are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Primary fires are those where one or more of the following apply: i) all fires in buildings and vehicles that are not derelict or in outdoor structures, ii) any fires; involving casualties or rescues, iii) any fire attended by five or more appliances. Secondary fires are the majority of outdoor fires including grassland and refuse fires, unless they involve casualties or rescues, property loss or unless five or more appliances attend. Accidental fires include those where the cause was not known or unspecified. Deliberate fires include those where deliberate ignition is suspected, but not necessarily witnessed or proven.

    In Kirklees the number of deliberate primary fires increased from 189 in 2015/16 (4.4 per 10,000 population) to 259 (5.9) in 2015/16 (England 3.6 in 2015/16, 4.0 in 2016/17); this is in line with trends seen in other West Yorkshire districts and to a lesser degree in England. Nationally the increase in deliberate primary fires is due to more road vehicle fires rather than an increase in dwelling fires. An upward trend is also evident for Accidental secondary fires which increased from 196 in 2015/16 (4.6) to 214 (4.9) in 2016/17 though nationally the trend is downward over the last two years (England 5.6 in 2015/16, 5.2 in 2016/17).

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=263&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=560

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