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  • 21 April 2021
    Kirklees unemployment decreases by 130 in March 2021
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for March 2021 were released on Tuesday 20 April 2021 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
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in March 2021 was 18,660 or 6.9% of people aged 16 to 64 (England 6.6%). This is a decrease of +130 on the previous month, and an increase of +8,385 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 May 1987 (18,305), though in September 1986 it reached 20,875. In the Leeds City Region Craven has the lowest unemployment (3.4%), with Bradford the highest (9.8%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.7%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 2.9%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,785 or 10.3% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.2%), -30 lower than last month and +1,720 higher than the same time last year.

  • 26 March 2021
    Kirklees unemployment increases by 660 in February 2021
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for February 2021 were released on Tuesday 23 March 2021 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
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in February 2021 was 18,790 or 6.9% of people aged 16 to 64 (England 6.6%). This is an increase of +660 on the previous month, and an increase of +8,455 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 Craven has the lowest unemployment (3.4%), with Bradford the highest (9.7%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.4%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 2.8%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,815 or 10.14 of the population aged 18-24 (England 8.9%), +110 higher than last month and +1,790 higher than the same time last year.

  • 23 March 2021
    Kirklees house prices increase in 2020
    House price paid data for January – December 2020 added and appears in the following:

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=139
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=120

    Mean house prices in Kirklees climbed to a new high of around £185,300 during 2019, mean prices had declined to a low of around £144,000 in 2011 for all types. Holme Valley South ward had the highest mean price across all types at around £282,200, Dewsbury West the lowest at around £122,300. Holme Valley South ward had the highest number of sales (304) with Dewsbury West the lowest (105); Kirklees had around 4,700 sales (peak years were 2006 and 2007 with around 9,500 sales). The highest price paid in 2020 was £1,600,000 for a detached house in Gomersal.

    Median house prices for Kirklees rose from £151,000 in 2019 (all house types) to £155,000 in 2020. Median prices for a detached house was £285,000, flats £92,000, semi-detached £160,000 and terraced £118,000.

    In the Leeds City Region, Harrogate had the highest mean price for all property types of around £347,600, with Barnsley the lowest at around £146,300 (England £319,400). Detached houses in the centre of Bradford had a mean price of around £1,509,000 based on 2 sales one of which was for £2,942,000.

    The price paid data is subject to revision as new records are added for transactions which took place months or years previously. HM Land Registry also publishes average (mean) prices for Local Authorities (House Price Index), but these are calculated using a different methodology (repeat sales of the same property) and are considerably lower. The House Price Index mean for all property types has recovered to above the December 2007 high of £146,442 (December 2020, £165,700).

  • 23 February 2021
    Kirklees unemployment decreases by -170 in January 2021
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for January 2021 were released on Tuesday 23 February 2021 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
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in January 2021 was 18,130 or 6.7% of people aged 16 to 64 (England 6.3%). This is a decrease of -170 on the previous month, and an increase of +8,225 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 Craven has the lowest unemployment (3.2%), with Bradford the highest (9.4%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.0%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 2.7%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,705 or 10.1% of the population aged 18-24 (England 8.9%), -80 lower than last month and +1,750 higher than the same time last year.

  • 26 January 2021
    Kirklees unemployment decreases by -335 in December 2020
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for December 2020 were released on Tuesday 26 January 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.

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=124
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in December 2020 was 18,300 or 6.7% of people aged 16 to 64 (England 6.4%). This is a decrease of -335 the previous month, and an increase of +8,565 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 Craven has the lowest unemployment (3.3%), with Bradford the highest (9.4%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.0%), with Kirkburton the lowest at 2.7%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,785 or 10.3% of the population aged 18-24 (England 9.0%), -50 lower than last month and +1,835 higher than the same time last year.

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