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  • 20 September 2017
    Updated house price paid data for January to June 2017 (HM Land Registry)
    House price paid data for January – June 2017 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 fell slightly during the first six months of 2017 from £163,900 during 2016, to £162,500 in 2017. Mean prices had declined to a low of around £144,000 in 2011 for all types. Kirkburton ward had the highest mean price across all types at around £259,700, Batley East the lowest at around £111,500. Mirfield ward had the highest number of sales (175) with Dewsbury South the lowest (67); Kirklees had around 2,691 sales. The highest price paid so far in 2017 was £1,200,000 for a detached house in Shepley.

    In the Leeds City Region, Harrogate had the highest mean price for all property types of around £321,200, with Barnsley the lowest at around £133,200 (England £295,300). Detached houses in the centre of Harrogate had a mean price of around £819,200 based on 9 sales.

    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 not yet recovered to the December 2007 high of £146,442 (July 2017, £142,562).

  • 15 September 2017
    Early Years Profiles (Public Health England)
    The Early Years Profile include data at Kirklees Level. This includes a variety indicators such as under 18 conceptions, smoking status at time of delivery, infant mortality, breastfeeding prevalence, A&E attendances, emergency admissions, children achieving a good level of development at the end of reception, hospital admissions and vaccinations.
  • 13 September 2017
    New unemployment data for August 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for August 2017 were released on Wednesday 13 September 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 August 2017 was 5,935 or 2.2% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.9%). This represents a slight decrease of -30 on the previous month, and an increase of +175 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 (0.7%), with Bradford the highest (2.7%).

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,320 or 3.3% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.7%), +20 higher than last month and -125 lower than the same time last year. Over the period January 2016 to December 2016, 1,303 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 109 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 10,800 or 5.1% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.8%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 8,400 and 13,200 (3.9% to 6.3), 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 2016 and March 2017 is statistically significantly lower than April 2012 and March 2013.

  • 05 September 2017
    Recorded crimes for 2016-17
    Updated recorded crime figures for 2016-17 were recently added to the site. The number of recorded crimes has risen by 6,385 from 2014-15 (24,910) to 2015-16 (31,295) and 2016-2017 (37,706). 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. Previous years are still available though no longer comparable with 2016-17.

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=132
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=147
  • 30 August 2017
    New unemployment data for July 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for July 2017 were released on Wednesday 16 August 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 July 2017 was 5,965 or 2.2% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.9%). This represents a slight decrease of -15 on the previous month, and an increase of +270 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 (0.7%), with Bradford the highest (2.7%).

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,300 or 3.2% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.7%), +5 higher than last month and -85 lower than the same time last year. Over the period January 2016 to December 2016, 1,303 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 109 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 10,800 or 5.1% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.8%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 8,400 and 13,200 (3.9% to 6.3), 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 2016 and March 2017 is statistically significantly lower than April 2012 and March 2013.

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