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  • 15 September 2020
    Kirklees unemployment increases by +170 to 18,910 (7.0%)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for August 2020 were released on Tuesday 15 September 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 August 2020 was 18,910 or 7.0% of 16-64 year old population (England 6.6%). This represents an increase of +170 on 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 (3.7%), with Bradford the highest (9.5%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.5%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 3.2%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,950 or 10.7% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.5%), +25 lower than last month and +1,980 higher than the same time last year.

  • 26 August 2020
    Recorded crimes 2019-20
    Updated recorded crime figures for 2020-20 were recently added to the site. The number of recorded crimes has risen by 5,434 from 2017-18 (41,155) to 2019-20 (46,589). This increase is largely due to stricter adherence to the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS), which means that all reported crime is now recorded, unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary. The report ‘Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2020’ gives more explanation about which crimes nationally are thought to have actually increased, rather than those which have changed due to better recording. Previous years are still available though no longer comparable with years 2016-17 and beyond.
    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=132
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=147

  • 18 August 2020
    Road casualties by ward and district committee
    Updated to include 2019 data, also ward maps refreshed to show casualties for 2017-2019. Data is presented by age group of casualty, severity, and type of user (e.g car, bus user, pedestrian, cycle etc.).

    Ward profile - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=143
    District committee profile - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=244

    There are also Data Views at:

    Road accidents - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=564
    Road casualties (5 year averages, age group, user group) - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=588
    Road casualties (calendar year, age group, user group) - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=204


  • 18 August 2020
    Kirklees unemployment increases by +355 to 18,740 (6.9%)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for July 2020 were released on Tuesday 11 August 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 July 2020 was 18,740 or 6.9% of 16-64 year old population (England 6.5%). This represents an increase of +355 on the previous month, and an increase of +9,215 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 (9.3%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.5%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 3.3%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,975 or 10.8% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.5%), +105 higher than last month and +2,040 higher than the same time last year.

  • 22 July 2020
    Withdrawal of CACI Gross Household Income data
    Gross Household Income is sourced from CACI Ltd where it is marketed as Paycheck. Kirklees Council no longer licences this data and all instances of the product has been removed from the Observatory.

    As an alternative income estimates for small areas have been sourced from ONS and are now available, though only for Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs). Figures for local authorities, West Yorkshire and England are shown though these are the median values for the MSOAs in those area. No household income estimates appear to be published by ONS for areas other than MSOAs.

    There are four indicators available, and for each indicator the upper and lower confidence limits are provided along with the confidence interval. The indicators are:

    Total annual household income
    Net annual household income
    Net annual household income (equivalised) before housing costs
    Net annual household income (equivalised) after housing costs

    Gross Household Income data for 2018 is now available in profiles and tables:

    MSOA overview profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=156&geoTypeId=
    Economy profile: https://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=165
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=586

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