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  • 17 June 2019
    New fires data for 2018/19
    New figures for primary and secondary fires are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Primary fires are those where one or more of the following apply: i) all fires in buildings and vehicles that are not derelict or in outdoor structures, ii) any fires; involving casualties or rescues, iii) any fire attended by five or more appliances. Secondary fires are the majority of outdoor fires including grassland and refuse fires, unless they involve casualties or rescues, property loss or unless five or more appliances attend. Accidental fires include those where the cause was not known or unspecified. Deliberate fires include those where deliberate ignition is suspected, but not necessarily witnessed or proven.
    In Kirklees the number of deliberate primary fires increased from 220 in 2017/18 (5.0 per 10,000 population) to 259 (5.9) in 2018/19 (no England figures available yet for 2018/19); this is in line with trends seen in most other West Yorkshire districts apart from Calderdale. Deliberate secondary fires also increased from 762 in 2017/18 (17.4 per 10,000 population) to 942 (21.5) in 2018/19; this is in line with trends seen for West Yorkshire as a whole.
    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=263&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=560

  • 14 June 2019
    Kirklees unemployment remains steady at 9,465 (May 2019)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for May 2019 were released on Tuesday 11 June 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.

    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 May 2019 was 9,465 or 3.5% of 16-64 year old population (England 2.7%). This represents a slight decrease of -10 on the previous month, and an increase of +1,635 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 (1.3%), with Bradford the highest (4.3%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (5.6%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 1.0%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,905 or 4.9% of the population aged 18-24 (England 3.6%), -35 lower than last month and +340 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 10,300 or 4.9% 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 12,800 and 7,800 (3.7% to 6.1%), 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 January 2018 and December 2018 is statistically significantly lower than January 2011 and December 2011.

  • 13 June 2019
    Updated migration figures (National Insurance Number (NINO) Registrations
    Migration figures using National Insurance Number (NINO) Registrations as a proxy have been updated and are available in profiles, tables and maps.


    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=259&geoTypeId=
    Table and maps: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=581


    In Kirklees NINO registrations peaked in 2007-08 at 2,650, though the years following saw no year below 1,836 with most years seeing above 2,000 registrations. In 2018-19 which saw around 1,840 registrations, nearly 46% of all registrations were EU national. 14% were EU Accession State nationals (The eight accession states are Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia).
  • 22 May 2019
    Kirklees unemployment increases slightly by 105 to 9,475 (April 2019)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for April 2019 were released on Tuesday 14 May 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.

    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 April 2019 was 9,475 or 3.5% of 16-64 year old population (England 2.6%). This represents an increase of +105 on the previous month, and an increase of +1,460 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 (1.3%), with Bradford the highest (4.2%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (5.6%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 1.0%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,940 or 5.0% of the population aged 18-24 (England 3.6%), +10 higher than last month and +355 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 10,300 or 4.9% 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 12,800 and 7,800 (3.7% to 6.1%), 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 January 2018 and December 2018 is statistically significantly lower than January 2011 and December 2011.

  • 18 April 2019
    Kirklees unemployment increases slightly by 95 to 9,370 (March 2019)
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for March 2019 were released on Tuesday 17 April 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.

    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 March 2019 was 9,370 or 3.5% of 16-64 year old population (England 2.6%). This represents an increase of +95 on the previous month, and an increase of +2,250 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. Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are further on in this process compared to other Leeds City Region districts.

    The number unemployed January 2008 to date peaked in February 2013 (13,440). In the Leeds City Region Craven has the lowest unemployment (1.3%), with Bradford the highest (4.1%). 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 1,930 or 5.0% of the population aged 18-24 (England 3.5%), +10 higher than last month and +450 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 10,300 or 4.9% 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 12,800 and 7,800 (3.7% to 6.1%), 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 January 2018 and December 2018 is statistically significantly lower than January 2011 and December 2011.

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