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  • 13 November 2020
    Descriptive overview of the Kirklees District with maps and charts (update)
    This document contains a descriptive overview of the Kirklees District with maps and charts containing population, economic, ethnic groups, and other useful information about Kirklees as a whole. The document is updated annually.

    http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/resource/view?resourceId=4560

  • 10 November 2020
    Kirklees unemployment decreases by -520 to 18,380 (6.8%)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for October 2020 were released on Tuesday 10 November 2020 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
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in October 2020 was 18,380 or 6.8% of people aged 16 to 64 (England 6.4%). This is a decrease of -520 the previous month, and an increase of +8,625 claimants on the same time last year; the lowest number of claimants in recent years was in December 2016 (5,380). The last time that unemployment was numerically this high was in May 1987 (18,305), though in January 1986 it reached 20,855. In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (3.4%), with Bradford the highest (9.4%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.2%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 2.9%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,905 or 10.6% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.5%), -50 higher than last month and +1,890 higher than the same time last year.

  • 06 November 2020
    New employee figures for 2019 show 2,000 fewer manufacturing jobs but an overall increase of 3,100
    Employment estimates were released by ONS on 6 November 2020. The number of employees working in Kirklees increased by 3,100 between 2018 and 2019 from 154,350 to 157,450, though this is lower than the peak year of 2004 (160,000). Kirklees has the second highest percentage of people in the Leeds City Region (LCR) working in manufacturing (highest Selby 19.2%, lowest York 4.6%), with 15.9% of employees compared to 8.0% in England and 10.0% LCR. Manufacturing jobs in Kirklees decreased from 27,000 in 2018 to 25,000 in 2019, with Dewsbury West ward having the highest percentage of manufacturing employees at 34%.
    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=165&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=270

  • 21 October 2020
    Local Authority Health Profile 2019
    This profile gives a picture of people’s health in Kirklees. It is designed to help local government and health services understand their community’s needs, so that they can work together to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities.

    Health in summary
    The health of people in Kirklees is varied compared with the England average. About 18% (15,600) children live in low income families. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.

    Health inequalities
    Life expectancy is 9.1 years lower for men and 6.9 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Kirklees than in the least deprived areas.

    Child health
    In Year 6, 21.1% (1,154) of children are classified as obese. The rate for alcohol-specific hospital admissions among those under 18 is 18, better than the average for England. This represents 18 admissions per year. Levels of GCSE attainment (average attainment 8 score) and smoking in pregnancy are worse than the England average.

    Adult health
    The rate for alcohol-related harm hospital admissions is 633, better than the average for England. This represents 2,637 admissions per year. The rate for self-harm hospital admissions is 164, better than the average for England. This represents 730 admissions per year. Estimated levels of physically active adults (aged 19+) are worse than the England average. The rates of hip fractures in older people (aged 65+), new sexually transmitted infections and killed and seriously injured on roads are better than the England average. The rate of new cases of tuberculosis is worse than the England average. The rate of statutory homelessness is better than the England average. The rates of violent crime (hospital admissions for violence), under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases, under 75 mortality rate from cancer and employment (aged 16-64) are worse than the England average.

  • 13 October 2020
    Kirklees unemployment increases by +230 to 18,900 (7.0%)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for September 2020 were released on Tuesday 13 October 2020 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
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in September 2020 was 18,900 or 7.0% of people aged 16 to 64 (England 6.6%). This is an increase of +230 the previous month, and an increase of +9,290 claimants on the same time last year; the lowest number of claimants in recent years was in December 2016 (5,380). The last time that unemployment was numerically this high was in April 1987 (18,950), though in January 1986 it reached 20,855. In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (3.6%), with Bradford the highest (9.5%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.4%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 3.2%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,955 or 10.7% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.5%), +45 higher than last month and +1,950 higher than the same time last year.

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