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New unemployment data for July 2017

30 August 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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