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  • 15 January 2018
    Kirklees Factsheets 2017 now available
    The 2017 edition of the Kirklees Factsheets are now available at: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/information-and-data/kirklees-information.aspx There are 13 factsheets in total containing population, maps, and other useful information about Kirklees as a whole. The 13 factsheets are:

    The Kirklees district
    Political profile
    Population and housing
    Housing, planning and regeneration
    Environment
    Local economy
    Social profile
    Education and leisure
    Health
    Older people
    Minority ethnic groups
    Disability
    Local authority resources
  • 19 December 2017
    New 2016 employment data
    Employment estimates were released by ONS on 2 October 2017. The number of employees working in Kirklees remained unchanged at 153,800 in 2016, which is 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 14% of employees compared to 8% in England and 9.4% LCR. Barnsley is higher at 14.9% with Selby highest at 18.3% (lowest York 3.9%).

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=165&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=270
  • 19 December 2017
    New unemployment data for November 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for November 2017 were released on Wednesday 13 December 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 December 2017 was 5,580 or 2% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.9%). This represents a decrease of -165 on the previous month, and an increase of +80 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 1,225 or 3.0% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.6%), -85 lower than last month and -100 lower 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 around three times higher than the claimant count.

    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 4.6%). 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.

  • 07 December 2017
    Updated Child Tax Credit statistics for August 2015
    Child Tax Credit statistics for August 2015 (HMRC) are now available in profiles, tables and maps. This series also includes statistics about lone parents and out of work families.

    Profile: most profiles available under the Communities theme http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/Kirklees_Communities/
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=205

    Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a benefit to help with the cost of raising a child. Families may be able to get CTC if someone in the family is over 16 and responsible for a child who is either: Under 16 or Under 20 and in full-time education or training. In 2017-18 CTC was worth up to £2,780 per child. An amount may also be paid for childcare costs. The annual household income threshold is £16,105 in 2017-18 where after CTC is reduced by 41p for each additional £1 of income.

    Families on low incomes may be able to claim Working Tax Credit (WTC) which in 2017-18 was worth a maximum of £1,960 per year, though the annual household income threshold where after benefit begins to be withdrawn is £6,240. The Government is gradually introducing universal credit, a new benefit which will eventually replace tax credits, and some other social security benefits.

    There were nearly 6,000 out of work families with dependent children in Kirklees in August 2015, 11.2% of all families claiming child benefit (England 16.8%). Families which were able to claim both CTC and WTC are those with at least one person in work in low paid work; around 16,000 families in Kirklees are in this category (30.1%, England 24.1%).

  • 20 November 2017
    Migration Yorkshire - New arrivals to Kirklees in 2016
    This briefing paper provides an overview of the numbers and geographical patterns of new migrants who recently have come to live in Kirklees and were issued with a national insurance number in 2016. The main urban centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury have the most new arrivals and overall 2,523 people from overseas registered for a NINO in Kirklees (Males 53%, Females 47%, 35% aged 18-24). The top country of origin in 2016 was Romania (489) up + 199 from 2015. This was followed by Poland (336) -97 from 2015. The briefing paper also contains a page of links to other publicly available statistics about migration and asylum seekers.

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