The report below on Sefton’s Job Seekers Allowance Claimant count for August may well be of interest. Whilst stats can be useful (and easily misused) they do seem to show a developing positive picture for the Borough. Some of the references throughout the report are to Borough Council wards i.e. Birkdale, Linacre etc.
There has been continued positive movement in the Sefton’s claimant count this month (August). The youth claimant rate is at its lowest recorded level and Sefton continues to close the gap with the UK.
The current claimant rate in Sefton is now 2.7%.
There are now 4,417 JSA claimants in the borough, a further fall of 443 on the previous month.
The claimant count is now 39.2% lower than it was 12 months ago.
JSA Claimant Rate August 2013 – August 2014
The claimant rate in Sefton continues to fall and is now just 2.7%. The gap with the UK narrowed again this month.
Claimant Count Changes August 2013 – August 2014
Sefton has seen the biggest % improvement across its City Region neighbours, and is also greater than both regional and national figures. Can’t help noticing here that Lancashire/West Lancashire as our most significant neighbour is not spoken of! It’s as though it does not exist.
Claimant Count by Area and Age Group August 2013 – August 2014
With the continuing fall in the claimant rate across the borough, many areas are moving closer to, or beyond the UK rate of 2.3%.
Annual improvements amongst Sefton’s wards range from 27.7% in Birkdale to 60.4% in Meols.
Short Term Changes in Claimant Rates August 2013 – August 2014
Over the last 6 months the biggest fall was again in the Linacre & Derby area, down by 1.6%.
Claimant rates in Sefton range from 0.6% in Harington to 7.6% in Linacre.
JSA Claimant On -Flow and Off-Flow
The off-flow from JSA continues to exceed the on-flow, with a difference of over 400 this month.
Claimants Moving Off JSA and into Employment August 2013 – August 2014
In August 2014, of the 1,204 people moving off JSA, 530 (44%) were known to have found employment.
JSA Claimant On-Flow by Age and Gender August 2013 – August 2014
August 2014 saw a 4% rise in the number of new JSA claimants. The last couple of months has seen the on-flow stabilise a little.
30% of new claimants were aged 18-24 years, 51.6% were 25-49 years and 18.3% were aged 50+.
Age and Duration of Claims August 2014
The figures show that over the last 12 months, the biggest falls have been amongst those who have been claiming JSA for the shortest time.
Long term unemployment still persists, with 36% of claimants claiming for over 12 months.
Claimant Count and Rate for 18-24 year olds August 2013 – August 2014
Another large fall in the claimant rate for young people in Sefton this month, with the rate falling by almost 1%.
The number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA has fallen by just over 47% in the last 12 months.
Young Claimants as a Proportion of All Claimants August 2008 – August 2014
The number of new young claimants has slowed significantly in recent months.
However we should remain aware that those who are claiming for the longest time struggle to move into employment, and the long term claimant rate remains high at almost 22%.