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Wakefield: Benefits and Low Income

3,953 of working age people (1.9%) were claiming Jobseekers Allowance in October 2015.

8.2% of working age people are claiming and incapacity benefit (IB or ESA) (March 2015)

71.7% of working age people are in employment (year to June 2015) - the highest rate since 2008. The Great Britain rate is 73.1%.

Background

  • Worklessness is the key driver of poverty and exclusion. People out of the labour market for some time are more likely to have lower levels of self-confidence and resilience, poorer health (physical and mental), as well as skills that are becoming even less relevant as the months pass. These become fundamental barriers to reentering the labour market and to improving their quality of life and life chances.
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  • The latest unemployment data show 4,157 of working age people (2.0%) were claiming Jobseekers Allowance in September 2015. This is the lowest number since December 2007. The gap between claiming rates in the most deprived neighbourhoods and elsewhere also closed, with the JSA rate falling 16% (June to September) in the top-10% most deprived neighbourhoods in the IMD 2015, compared to a fall of 10% elsewhere in the district. (15th October 2015)
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