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Kirklees unemployment increases by +170 to 18,910 (7.0%)

15 September 2020

Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for August 2020 were released on Tuesday 15 September 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 August 2020 was 18,910 or 7.0% of 16-64 year old population (England 6.6%). This represents an increase of +170 on the previous month, and an increase of +9,290 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 April 1987 (18,950), though in January 1986 it reached 20,855. In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (3.7%), with Bradford the highest (9.5%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.5%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 3.2%.

Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,950 or 10.7% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.5%), +25 lower than last month and +1,980 higher than the same time last year.

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