Economic Activity

Economic Activity2018-07-11T09:18:56+00:00

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

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Worklessness
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Worklessness

EES 6: Percentage of workless households

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Wiltshire has seen a slight increase in the amount of workless households to 18,000 households, an increase of 2000 households representing 12.2% of all households. Wiltshire has now returned to pre-recession levels, but 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. Wiltshire is in line with its statistical neighbours at 12.2% and lower than the national average which stands at 15.1%. This data was sourced from Workless Households for Regions across the UK, 2016, published 2017.

EES 7: Percentage of children living in poverty

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Wiltshire compares favourably to its Statistical Neighbours (13.1%) and the National level (19.9%), for the percentage of children living in 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; 15 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from HMRC statistics Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families’ local measure 2014 published September 2016.

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 (16,010 individuals). 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 (8.4%) and also better than its statistical neighbours (5.8%). Wiltshire is ranked well nationally at 24. This data was sourced from NOMIS (Key out-of-work benefits) November 2016.

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Claimants

EES 9: Percentage of working age population claiming JSA

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As of November 2016 Wiltshire had 1,660 individuals claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which ranks Wiltshire highly at joint 21 nationally out of 152 counties. Wiltshire matches its statistical neighbours (0.6%), and is better than the National average (1.1%). This data was sourced from NOMIS November 2017.

EES 48: 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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Under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker’s Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise, as has been seen since December. Wiltshire’s claimant count was 4,205 (1.4%) in May 2018, which is an increase of almost 1000 individuals in 6 months. Although this has increased it is still well below the national average of 2.2% and broadly in line with its statistical neighbour’s percentage of 1.2%. This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2018.

EES 49: Percentage of claimant count aged 18-24

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Claimant Count for individuals aged 18-24 has decreased slightly to 2.5%. This rate is lower than the national average (3.0%) but it is still a slightly higher amount than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (1.7%). This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2018.

EES 50: 18-24 year olds as a proportion of the claimant count

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The amount of 18-24 year old claimants as a proportion of the entire claimant count (840/4,205 individuals) has increased marginally since the previous month; the county has a higher proportion compared to its statistical neighbours (18.8%) and the national average (19.2%). This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2018.

EES 51: 50+ year olds as a proportion of the claimant count

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Wiltshire’s proportion of 50+ year old claimants (1,155/4,205 individuals) has fluctuated a little of the last few months but still compares well with its statistical neighbours (29.9%). The national average is 26.4%. This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2018.

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