Insight e-bulletin May 2014

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Insight e-bulletin May 2014

Updated Key Economic Information May 2014

The Coventry Economy: Key Information - PDF

  • The total number of residents in employment during the calendar year 2013 was estimated to be 141,200 - an employment rate of 67% compared to the national average of 72%. The fact that Coventry is home to a high number of students is one reason why the Coventry employment rate is lower.
  • Until recently there were few signs of the total number of residents in employment recovering. This most recent data shows signs that employment amongst residents is starting to increase.
  • The Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant count in April 2014 was 7,516, a notable drop of around 500 claimants since February 2014. This is a continuation of a decreasing trend in recent years. Recently, the trend has been partly due to an increasing number of claimants being subject to sanctions, which may have resulted in people being discouraged from claiming.
  • New data gives an estimate that 30% of Coventry working age residents were qualified to degree level or higher in 2013 (England 35%).
  • There were 57 empty shop units in the prime retail area of Coventry City Centre during the first quarter of 2014 – a reduction from 60 in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Coventry Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Sanctions Overview

Coventry Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Sanctions Overview - PDF

Following on from reports of JSA claimant count reductions, this short report looks at the recent trends in JSA sanctions – when claimants are penalised for not conforming to the conditions for claiming.

Updated Coventry Headline Statistics May 2014

Updated with newly released statistics on employment & unemployment, qualification levels, benefit claimants, recorded crime and a number of housing statistics .