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Kirklees unemployment shows welcome decrease of 485 to 18,385 (June 2020)

16 July 2020

Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for June 2020 were released on Thursday 16 July 2020 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.


The unemployment total for Kirklees in April 2020 was 18,385 or 6.8% of 16-64 year old population (England 6.4%). This represents a decrease of -485 on the previous month, and an increase of +8,925 claimants on the same time last year; the lowest number of claimants in recent years was in December 2016 (5,380). The last time that unemployment was numerically this high was in May 1987 (18,305), though in January 1986 it reached 20,855. In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (3.5%), with Bradford the highest (9.2%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.5%), with Kirkburton and Denby Dale the lowest at 3.4%.

Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,870 or 10.5% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.2%), -40 lower than last month and +1,950 higher than the same time last year.

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