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  • 14 November 2018
    ! Updated - unemployment benefits data

    The latest ONS Claimant Count and Jobseekers Allowance Claimants data has also been updated for the period October 2018 and published via NOMIS. The data can be found on info4St.Helens via the Data and Resources section and Economy and Employment theme or by clicking the links below.


    • Unemployment benefits

    • Jobseekers Allowance Claimants

        Claimant count in St. Helens has remained around 2.8-3.0% over the past 12 months. NB. The rollout of Universal Credit (one of the indicators forming part of this measure) is more complete in the North West than the rest of England. St. Helens Claimant Count is in line with the North West average. JSA claimants which, had been steadily increasing since the beginning of the year have dropped over the last three months and now stand at 0.9% of the working age population, the same as the North West.


        The next data update via NOMIS is 11th December 2018.


      • 19 October 2018
        ! Updated - Economy and Employment data

        The latest Annual Population Survey (APS) data has been published via NOMIS. The data provides updates to some of the economic data, including economic activity / inactivity, employment rate and unemployment rate. The data can be found via Economic Activity


        St. Helens unemployment rate (modelled estimate) is in line with the North West and England averages. However, employment rate is still several percentage points lower and the percentage of the working age population who is economically inactive i.e. neither employed nor unemployed is 25.6%, which is considerably higher than the national average (21.4%) The main reason for economic inactivity is long-term illness.


        The latest ONS Claimant Count and Jobseekers Allowance Claimants data has also been updated for the data period September 2018 and published via NOMIS. The data can be found on info4St.Helens via the Data and Resources section and Economy and Employment theme or by clicking the links below.


        • Claimant Count

        • Jobseekers Allowance Claimants

            Claimant count in St. Helens has remained around 2.8-3.0% over the past 12 months. NB. The rollout of Universal Credit (one of the indicators forming part of this measure) is more complete in the North West than the rest of England. St. Helens Claimant Count is in line with the North West average. The England average has steadily increased over the past 12 months and now stands at 2.2%. JSA claimants which, had been steadily increasing since the beginning of the year have dropped over the last three months and now stand at 1.0% of the working age population, compared to 0.9% in the North West and 0.9% nationally.


            The next data update via NOMIS is 13th November 2018.


          • 17 October 2018
            ! Public Health England - Local Health Profile 2018

            Public Health England has published the latest Local Health Profiles reports for 2018. The report and data can be viewed on the Public Health England website.

            The report is also saved on this site and can be found by viewing Documents & Resources and then the Health and Social Care theme.

            Understanding the sociodemographic profile of an area is important when planning services. Different population groups may have different health and social care needs and are likely to interact with services in different ways. Some of the key findings for St. Helens are as follows:

            - St. Helens has a higher proportion of older people (aged 65+) than the England average.
            - St. Helens is one of the 20% relatively most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England, with approximately 21% (6,700) of children living in low income families.
            - Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.
            - Under 75 mortality rates due to cancer and cardiovascular diseases is higher than the England average.
            - Almost 1/4 of Year 6 children are classified as obese, worse than the average for England. Excess weight (i.e. overweight or obese) in adults is also worse than the England average.
            - The rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among those under 18 is higher than the average for England.

            However, positive messages include:

            - Diabetes and Dementia diagnoses rates are significantly better than the England average.
            - There are fewer people killed or seriously injured on roads in St. Helens than the England average.
            - The number of people smoking in St. Helens has reduced in recent years and is now similar to the England average.
            - Rate of diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections is better than the national average.
            - Infant mortality rate is in line with the England average.
            - Excess winter deaths are not significantly different to the England average.


          • 08 October 2018
            !A New Measure of Poverty for the UK
            The Social Metrics Commission (SMC) has set out to develop a new measure of poverty that goes beyond a simple measure of people's relative income by taking account of core living costs such as housing and childcare and the costs of living with a disability.

            The SMC measure sets a poverty threshold of 55% of median total available resources, creating a poverty line relative to what the median family has available to spend.

            A key principle of the measure is that the definition of poverty "should be related to the extent to which people have the resources to engage adequately in a life regarded as the norm in society."

            The full report and a summary report are available from the following link: A New Measure of Poverty for the UK
          • 03 October 2018
            !Latest Data Shows Strong Employee Job Growth In St. Helens
            Provisional results from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) released on the 27th of September 2018 show strong local employment growth within the Borough. According to BRES data St. Helens recorded the second largest growth rate in employee jobs in the North West, with an additional 4,000 employee jobs created between 2016 and 2017 (figures rounded to the nearest 1,000). According to BRES data there was a 50 / 50 split between full-time and part-time jobs created.

            All data from BRES is available to download from this link: 2016-based Household Projections in England

            Note - BRES is the official source of employee and employment estimates in the UK and recommended in preference to industry data from other sources such as the Annual Population Survey. BRES data does not include the very small businesses that are not registered for VAT and PAYE.

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