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  • 16 February 2017
    New unemployment data for January 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for January 2017 were released on Wednesday 15 February 2017 by the Department of Works and Pensions, and are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Figures shown use the new 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 January 2017 was 5,660 or 2.1% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.8%). This represents an increase of +275 on the previous month, though this is not unusual due to temporary seasonal pre-Christmas employment finishing. 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 1,265 or 3.1% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.6), unchanged from last month and -130 lower than the same time last year. Over the period July 2015 to June 2016, 1,942 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 162 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 11,900 or 5.8% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 5.0%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 9,800 and 14,000 (4.9% to 6.9%), 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 October 2015 and September 2016 is statistically significantly lower than October 2012-September 2012.

  • 14 February 2017
    Updated school leaver indicators 2016
    School leaver indicators have been updated for pupils who finished their year 11 schooling in 2016. The indicators which detail the destination of the school leaver are shown below:

    Activity/ destination not known, other, or left area
    Employment and training
    Full-time education
    Not in full-time education, training or employment (NEET)
    Custody
    School leavers (total)

    Across Kirklees over 91% stayed in Full-time education, with Golcar seeing the lowest rate at around 85%. Leavers Not in full-time education, training or employment (NEET) was 1.7% (72 people) (Batley East highest at 5.1%, 10 people). Destinations of school leaver is as at November 2016.

    Click on this link to access tables and maps: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=142
    Click on this link to access profiles: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=260

  • 06 February 2017
    GCSE results updated with 2016 data
    Key Stage 2 and GCSE results for the following indicators have been updated with 2016 data:

    Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4
    % Pupils achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at A*-C
    % Pupils achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and Maths

    In 2016 55.6% of pupils educated in Kirklees LEA schools achieved 5 or more GCSE passes at A*-C (including english and maths) compared to 56.9% in 2015 (England 53.5%). In West Yorkshire, Calderdale had the highest rate at 60.4% with Bradford the lowest at 46.2%.

    The source of the data is Kirklees Council and Department of Education Performance Tables.
    Click on this link to access tables and maps: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=172
    Click on this link to access profiles: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=260

  • 19 January 2017
    New unemployment data for December 2016
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for December 2016 were released on Wednesday 17 January 2017 by the Department of Works and Pensions, and are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Figures shown use the new 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 2016 was 5,385 or 2.0% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.8%). This represents a decrease of -115 on the previous month, and an increase of +15 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 1,265 or 3.1% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.6), this is down -60 from last month and +15 higher than the same time last year. Over the period July 2015 to June 2016, 1,942 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 162 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 11,900 or 5.8% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 5.0%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 9,800 and 14,000 (4.9% to 6.9%), 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 October 2015 and September 2016 is statistically significantly lower than October 2012-September 2012.

  • 10 January 2017
    2016 KS2 pupil attainment data
    Key Stage 2 results for the following indicators have been created with 2016 data; due to changes to the way pupil attainment is measured the indicators are not compatible with KS2 measures provided in previous years.

    Pupils at the end of Key Stage 2
    Pupils reaching the expected standard in reading at Key Stage 2 (%)
    Pupils reaching the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling at Key Stage 2 (%)
    Pupils reaching the expected standard in maths at Key Stage 2 (%)
    Average scaled score in reading at Key Stage 2
    Average scaled score in maths at Key Stage 2

    The source of the data is Kirklees Council and Department of Education Performance Tables.

    Click on this link to access tables and maps: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=172
    Click on this link to access profiles: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=260
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