Work Wiltshire
Economic Activity
These statistics show the percentages of workless households and child poverty, and also cover JSA claimants.

EES 6: Percentage of Workless Households

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Wiltshire has a lower rate than its statistical neighbours (11.8%) of workless households, and had the largest percentage decrease on the previous year (4.8%). Wiltshire has now returned to pre-recession levels, but with the introduction of Universal Credit may mean that this becomes more difficult to measure. Out of work benefit won't exist when U.C comes in, as it will be for single people who aren't homeowners. This data was sourced from Workless Households for Regions across the UK, 2014, published 2015.

EES 7: Percentage of Children Living in Poverty

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Wiltshire compares favourably to its Statistical Neighbours (11.7%) and the National level (18%), for the percentage of children living in poverty. However in work poverty is increasing and currently the Government is debating an alternative method of measuring poverty. Currently the challenge is making people aware of the benefits available to them e.g. childcare relief. For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked well nationally, joint 12. This data was sourced from HMRC statistics Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families' local measure 2013 published September 2015.

EES 8: Percentage of the Working Age Population Claiming at Least One Form of Out of Work Benefit

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Wiltshire is back to pre-recession levels for the amount of people claiming at least one form of out of work benefit. The main out-of-work benefits include the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits. Wiltshire compares favourably with the national average (9.0%) and also better than its statistical neighbours (6.2%). Wiltshire has been running a pilot programme targeting more intensive support collaborating with NHS, CCG, to support people into sustainable work, and working with employers to support them to take on older workers. Healthier trainers in Job Centres are also being piloted in Chippenham. Wiltshire is ranked well nationally, joint 16. This data was sourced from NOMIS (Key out-of-work benefits) February 2016.

EES 9: Percentage of Working Age Population Claiming JSA

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As of February 2016 Wiltshire had 1,780 individuals claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which ranks Wiltshire highly at joint 7 nationally out of 152 counties. Wiltshire is marginally better than its statistical neighbours (0.7%), and the National average (1.5%). This data was sourced from NOMIS February 2016.

EES 49: Percentage of Claimant Count (JSA, national insurance credits and universal credits with the reason of being unemployed) of Working Age Population

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Wiltshire’s Claimant Count was 2,575 individuals in July 2016. Claimant count includes: receiving JSA, National Insurance Credits and Universal Credits with the reason of being Unemployed. For this performance indicator Wiltshire is ranked joint 19 national and compares well with the counties statistical neighbours (0.9%) and against the national average (1.8%). This data was sourced from NOMIS July 2016.

EES 50: Percentage of Claimant Count Aged 18-24

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Claimant Count for individuals aged 18-24 is currently at 1.7% representing 605 individuals. Wiltshire has a marginally higher rate than its statistical neighbours (1.4%), however it does compare well with the national average (2.7%). This data was sourced from NOMIS July 2016.

EES 51: 18-24 Year Olds as a Proportion of the Claimant Count

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Wiltshire has seen a slight increase in the 18-24 year olds as a proportion of the entire claimant count (605/2,575 individuals). As such Wiltshire's proportion is greater than its statistical neighbours (21%) and the National average (21.6%). This data was sourced from NOMIS July 2016.

EES 52: 50+ Year Olds as a Proportion of the Claimant Count

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Wiltshire has seen a dip in the proportion of 50+ year old claimants (645/2,575 individuals), and this compares well with its statistical neighbours (27.4%), but is slightly higher than the National average (23.8%). This data was sourced from NOMIS July 2016.