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  • 22 July 2019
    Kirklees unemployment remains steady at 9,460 (June 2019)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for June 2019 were released on Tuesday 16 July 2019 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.


    The unemployment total for Kirklees in June 2019 was 9,460 or 3.5% of 16-64 year old population (England 2.7%). This represents a slight decrease of -5 on the previous month, and an increase of +1,385 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 Craven has the lowest unemployment (1.2%), with Bradford the highest (4.4%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (5.5%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 1.0%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,920 or 5.0% of the population aged 18-24 (England 3.6%), +15 higher than last month and +295 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 around twice as high compared to the claimant count.

    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 9,500 or 4.5% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.1%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 11,900 and 7,100 (5.6% to 3.4%), 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 April 2018 and March 2019 is statistically significantly lower than April 2010 and March 2011.

  • 19 July 2019
    New Gross Household Income estimates for 2019
    Gross Household Income data for 2019 is now available in profiles and tables:


    Average Gross Household Income (GHI) is available for areas as a mean or median, though median is only available for certain areas. In Kirklees the mean GHI is estimated as £37,799 an increase of 3.5% from 2018 (median £30,232), compared to £40,487 for England (median £32,650). However, there have been changes in the source of the household data used which makes comparisons between 2018 and 2019 invalid. Kirkburton ward has the highest GHI (mean £49,563, median £42,186) with Newsome the lowest (mean £28,613, median £22,350). At Lower Super Output Level mean GHI is highest in 'E01011046 Fixby, Bradley Bar' (£62,474), and lowest in 'E01011094 Dalton, Ridgeway' where £17,450 represents less than a third of the E01011046 value.

    Gross Household Income is sourced from CACI Ltd where it is marketed as Paycheck.

  • 10 July 2019
    Child Health Profile March 2019
    • 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

      Children and young people under the age of 20 years make up 25.3% of the population of Kirklees. 40.5% of school children are from a minority ethnic group.
      The health and wellbeing of children in Kirklees is mixed compared with the England average. The infant mortality rate is similar to England with an average of 26 infants dying before age 1 each year. Recently there have been 13 child deaths (1-17 year olds) each year on average.

      The teenage pregnancy rate is worse than England, with 175 girls becoming pregnant in a year.

      12.6% 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 does not meet recommended coverage (95%). By age two, 94.7% 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.

      Levels of child obesity are similar to England. 9.3% of children in Reception and 20.4% of children in Year 6 are obese.

      The rate of child inpatient admissions for mental health conditions at 47.1 per 100,000 is better than England.

      The rate for self-harm at 342.9 per 100,000 is better than England.

    • 09 July 2019
      Recorded crimes for 2018-19
      Updated recorded crime figures for 2018-19 were recently added to the site. The number of recorded crimes has risen by 4,960 from 2017-18 (41,155) to 2018-19 (46,115). 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 2019’ (to be released 19 July 2019), will give 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.

    • 27 June 2019
      Kirklees population increases by 1,600 to 437,100 (2018)
      The latest estimate (2018) for the population of Kirklees shows 438,700 people, an increase of approximately 1,600 compared to 2017. Links to the latest estimates are shown below. The increase in population from 2017 to 2018 is due to:

      Natural change (excess of births over deaths) +1,095
      International migration (net) +1,845
      Internal migration (net) -1,393
      Other 35

      Estimates for 2012-2016 were revised and re-issued 22 March 2018. In Kirklees the 2016 population estimate was reduced by around 1,800 as a result of the changes in methodology (see the ONS Website for more details).

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