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A summary of the key developments for March 2013
- The headline claimant count total in January 2013 was 327 above the December 2012 total at 6,846. This figure is very slightly (0.1%) above the January 2012 figure.
- Calderdale’s claimant count unemployment rate in January was 5.2%, a rise of 0.2% from December. Nationally and regionally, the rates were also up 0.2% on the previous month at 3.9% and 4.6% respectively.
- The most recent measure of unemployment figures, based on the Labour Force Survey (using the ILO definition) covers the twelve months from October 2011 to September 2012. This showed total unemployment of 9,300 and an unemployment rate of 9.0%, below the figures for the corresponding period the previous year of 9,500 and 9.4%.
- The unemployment rate on this measure, 9.0%, was slightly lower than the regional one of 9.5% but above the national rate of 7.9.
- The latest national unemployment rates based on the Labour Force Survey showed a fall in the latest quarter, compared to the previous quarter.
- The proportion of women claiming job-seeker’s allowance continues to grow, so that there are now 2 men unemployed for every unemployed woman.
- The unemployment rate among young adults (under 25 years) rose in the latest two months, and is now 8.8%. This is still lower than in January last year. There were rises in unemployment for the 25 – 49 and 50+ age groups, over the last month and over the last year.
- The number in long-term unemployment (>12 months) has been rising steadily since June 2011. The long-term unemployed total of 1,875 is now over a quarter of the total unemployed, about the same as the national rate and slightly below the regional rate.
- The number unemployed more than 6 months rose in January, to 2,980. This was also higher than the previous January. Those unemployed longer than six months account for 44% of total unemployment in Calderdale, about the same as the national and regional percentage.
- Over the last twelve months, there has been a mixed picture for unemployment in the different wards, with particularly high unemployment in Park and Ovenden Wards. The largest rises in unemployment over the year have occurred in Park, with 110 more unemployed, Warley, with 39 more, Illingworth & Mixenden, with 33 more, and Rastrick, with 32 more unemployed.
- The largest falls were in Calder, down by 55, Elland, down by 52, and Todmorden, down by 48.
- The wards with the highest unemployment rates remain Park (11.9%), Ovenden (9.6%), Town (8.0%), Illingworth & Mixenden (7.4%), and Warley (6.8%). The lowest rates are in Northowram & Shelf (2.5%), Hipperholme & Lightcliffe (2.6%), Calder (2.7%), and Luddendenfoot (2.7%).
- Data on vacancies from JobCentre Plus was replaced in November with Universal Jobmatch data, which is not comparable, so at this stage there is insufficient data to draw any conclusions on trends in vacancies.
- Land registry data shows that, after falling in the second half of 2012, house prices in Calderdale have risen for the last two months. The latest (January 2013) average price, of £94,843, is 0.5% higher than the previous month, but is 1% below the figure twelve months earlier and 21% below figures at the beginning of 2008.
- The volume of house sales has been up and down so far this year, but has risen for the last two months for which data is available, with November’s sales (the latest available) at 215. While the pattern of house sales over the last two years is very similar to the national one, sales in Calderdale remain lower than the national average.
- Data on numbers of working-age clients has a lag of six months. The latest data shows that in May 2012, 21,200 people in Calderdale received one or more benefits payable to people of working age. This represents 16.1% of the working-age population, an increase of 320 on the previous figure.
- Figures from 2011 for Sector of Employment show that manufacturing in Calderdale increased slightly from the low point of 2010, and remains substantially higher than the national proportion. Services now account for nearly 80% of employment in Calderdale, and nearly 85% nationally, while Construction and Primary sectors contribute about 5%, somewhat below the national figure.
- Latest crime figures for seven key offences (about 60% of total crime) for 2011/12 showed a year-on-year fall in the total for the offences covered of 25%, with largest falls in Vehicle Crime and Violence against the Person.
- Latest household income data shows a small (2%) fall in median household incomes in Calderdale (and for Great Britain as a whole). Well over one quarter of households in the District have combined incomes (including benefits) of less than £15,000.
- Data on numbers of working-age clients has a lag of six months. The latest data shows that in February 2012, 21,520 people in Calderdale received one or more benefits payable to people of working age. This represents 16.5% of the working-age population, an increase of 410 on the previous figure.
- Business Demography figures, show that while “births” i.e. start-ups, continue to fall, “deaths” i.e. closures continue to rise. Since 2009, “deaths” have exceeded “births”, both locally, regionally, and nationally, and the gap is increasing..