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New unemployment data for January 2017

16 February 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.


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:

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.

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