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  • 19 November 2018
    Kirklees mean house price climbs to £168,600
    House price paid data for January – July 2018 added and appears in the following:

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=139
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=120

    Mean house prices climbed to a new high of around £168,630 during the first half of 2018, mean prices had declined to a low of around £144,000 in 2011 for all types. Holme Valley South ward had the highest mean price across all types at around £270,600, Dewsbury West the lowest at around £108,100. Lindley ward had the highest number of sales (181) with Dewsbury West the lowest (70); Kirklees has had around 2,800 sales so far in 2018. The highest price paid so far in 2018 was £1,200,000 for a detached house in Wilshaw Road near Meltham.

    In the Leeds City Region, Harrogate had the highest mean price for all property types of around £318,200, with Barnsley the lowest at around £139,100 (England £297,100).

    The price paid data is subject to revision as new records are added for transactions which took place months or years previously. HM Land Registry also publishes average (mean) prices for Local Authorities (House Price Index), but these are calculated using a different methodology (repeat sales of the same property) and are considerably lower. The House Price Index mean for all property types has recovered to above the December 2007 high of £146,442 (Dec 2017, £149,295).

  • 16 November 2018
    Kirklees unemployment climbs 140 to 8,615 (October 2018)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for October 2018 were released on Tuesday 14 October 2018 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 2018 was 8,615 or 3.2% of 16-64 year old population (England 2.2). This represents an increase of +140 on the previous month, and an increase of +2,870 claimants on the same time last year; the lowest number of claimants in recent years was in December 2016 (5,380). However, under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise.

    The number unemployed January 2008 to date peaked in February 2013 (13,440). In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (1.3%), with Calderdale the highest (3.5%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (4.9%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 0.8%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,815 or 4.7% of the population aged 18-24 (England 3.1%), +10 higher than last month and +505 higher than the same time last year. However, the claimant count underestimates youth unemployment as not everyone is entitled to benefit or chooses to claim. From the Annual Population Survey it is estimated that the number of young people unemployed in West Yorkshire is over two times higher than the claimant count.

    Over the period November 2016 to October 2017, 571 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 48 per month (Source: Gov.uk). This figure does not, however, include those who are claiming Universal Credit and have received a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse').

    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 10,100 or 4.8% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.3%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 12,200 and 8,000 (3.8% to 5.8%), 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 2017 and June 2018 is statistically significantly lower than July 2011 and June 2012.

  • 17 October 2018
    Kirklees unemployment climbs to 3.2% (September 2018).
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for September 2018 were released on Tuesday 16 October 2018 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 August 2018 was 8,475 or 3.2% of 16-64 year old population (England 2.2). This represents an increase of +80 on the previous month, and an increase of +2,640 claimants on the same time last year; the lowest number of claimants in recent years was in December 2016 (5,380). However, under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise.

    The number unemployed January 2008 to date peaked in February 2013 (13,440). In the Leeds City Region Selby and York have the lowest unemployment (1.3%), with Barnsley and Calderdale the highest (3.4%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (4.7%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 0.7%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,805 or 4.6% of the population aged 18-24 (England 3.0%), +70 higher than last month and +475 higher than the same time last year. However, the claimant count underestimates youth unemployment as not everyone is entitled to benefit or chooses to claim. From the Annual Population Survey it is estimated that the number of young people unemployed in West Yorkshire is over two times higher than the claimant count.

    Over the period November 2016 to October 2017, 571 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 48 per month (Source: Gov.uk). This figure does not, however, include those who are claiming Universal Credit and have received a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse').

    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 10,100 or 4.8% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.32). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 12,200 and 8,000 (3.8% to 5.8%), 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 2017 and June 2018 is statistically significantly lower than July 2011 and June 2012.

  • 02 October 2018
    New employee figures for 2017 show an increase over 2016
    Employment estimates were released by ONS on 27 September 2018. The number of employees working in Kirklees increased in 2017 to 155,100 from 153,800 in 2016. However, this is still lower than the peak year of 2004 (160,000). Kirklees has one of the highest percentage of people in the Leeds City Region (LCR) working in manufacturing, with 16.4% of employees compared to 8.1% in England and 10.3% LCR. Selby is highest at 17.8% (lowest York 4.2%). Manufacturing jobs in Kirklees increased from 21,500 in 2016 to 25,500 in 2017, with Dewsbury East ward employees increasing by 50% over the same period.
    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=165&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=270

  • 28 September 2018
    Child Health Profile June 2018
    • This Health Profile provides a snapshot of child health in Kirklees area. It is designed to help the local authority and health services improve the health and wellbeing of children and tackle health inequalities.

      Key findings

      Overall, comparing local indicators with England averages, the health and wellbeing of children in Kirklees is mixed.
      The infant mortality rate is similar to England with an average of 23 infants dying before age 1 each year. Recently there have been 13 child deaths (1-17 year olds) each year on average.

      Public health interventions can improve child health at a local level. In this area:

      • The teenage pregnancy rate is worse than England, with 175 girls becoming pregnant in a year.
      • 12.4% of women smoke while pregnant which is worse than England.
      • 74.9% of mothers initiate breastfeeding (similar to England). Data for breastfeeding from the 6-8 week review is not available for this area.
      • The MMR immunisation level meets recommended coverage (95%). By age two, 95.3% of children have had one dose.
      • Dental health is worse than England. 32.5% of 5 year olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth.
      • 9.9% of children in Reception (similar to England) and 21.1% of children in Year 6 (worse than England) are obese.
      • The rate of child inpatient admissions for mental health conditions at 45.4 per 100,000 is better than England. The rate for self-harm at 254.0 per 100,000 is better than England.

      By age two, 97.7% of children have had Dtap / IPV / Hib immunisation, meeting minimum recommended coverage (95%). 97.8% of children in care are up to date with their immunisations, which is better than England.Over a three year period, 80 children were killed or seriously injured on the roads. This gives a worse rate than England.


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