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Northamptonshire Analysis
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  • 17 July 2018
    Economic Activity Quarterly Update (March 2018)
    The latest (Year2End Mar18) quarterly Employment Updates taken from the ONS's Annual Population Survey (APS) are now available on Northamptonshire Analysis in the following dataviews :

    Economic Activity (APS) : Overview
    Economic Activity (APS) : Employment Rate (%) : By Age, Gender & Ethnicity
    Economic Activity (APS) : Working Hours
    Economic Activity (APS) : Working Private or Public Sector
    Economic Activity (APS) : Unemployment Rate (%) : By Age & Gender

    These are all available at District level and above.

    Some key points to note are :
    .... In the year to end March 2018 (Y2EndMar18), the Employment Rate for Northamptonshire decreased again and now stands at 76.4%.   Across the county this indicator has been decreasing since September 2016 (when it stood at 80.1%), although the county's rate is still higher than the national average (75.2%).   However, the gap between county and national rates is narrowing due to the fact that the England employment rate has been on an upward trend since December 2012.   Results across the county's boroughs and districts are mixed, but it should be noted that Corby shows a 6.3%-point decrease in the employment rate between the Y2EndDec17 and Y2EndMar18 (although please remember that these results come from the APS survey and smaller geographies have greater swings in confidence levels).
    .... The Unemployment Rate for the county has also decreased for the second quarter after a run of rises.   The county rate now stands at 4.7% but is higher than the national average of 4.4%. The highest unemployment rate is found amongst 16-24 year olds.
    ....   The Economic Inactivity Rate for Northamptonshire for the Y2EndMar18 stands at 19.9%, the highest quarterly figure since the beginning of our records in 2007.
    .... The proportion of persons who work in the public sector in Northamptonshire at 16.5% is the third lowest amongst the Economic Comparators behind Gloucestershire and Luton and lower than the national average (20.7%).
    ....   At 29.5%, the proportion people in employment in Northamptonshire who work 45 or more hours per week is the highest amongst the Economic Comparators and 5%-points higher than the national average (24.1%).   This is driven by the proportion of people working long hours in Corby (39.8%) and South Northamptonshire (37.5%).

  • 16 July 2018
    Pregnant Women Smoking at Time of Delivery
    The latest annual (financial year) figures released by NHS Digital show a decrease in the number and proportion of pregnant women smoking at the time of delivery both locally and nationally.   The proportion still smoking at delivery for 2017-18 stood at 17.3% in Corby CCG (down from 22.0 in 2013-14) and 12.7% across Nene CCG (down from 15.4 in 2013-14).   Both figures remain above the national average of 10.8%

    Please note, from April 2017 (beginning of the financial year), the methodology used to calculate the proportion of women smoking at the time of delivery changed to exclude women with an unknown smoking status from the denominator.   On Northamptonshire Analysis, previous years' data has been recalculated to create a timeseries.   There are now two dataviews covering the old and the new methodologies.

    The latest figures can be found on Northamptonshire Analysis in the New Methodology Dataview.
  • 12 July 2018
    Average Ages and Population Density
    The 2017 MYE-based mean and median ages along with population density figures for District and above have now been added to Northamptonshire Analysis.

    These can be found in the Population Density & Average Ages Dataview within the PopulationAgeGender Sub-theme.

    Please remember that the Mid Year Estimates for small area geographies including LSOAs are not released until the autumn, so the latest data for these areas remains at 2016 or earlier.
  • 09 July 2018
    Fuel Poverty Update
    The 2016 Fuel Poverty estimates, released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy at the end of last month are now available on Northamptonshire Analysis within the Fuel Poverty dataview.

    The proportion of households affected by fuel poverty within Northamptonshire now stands at 10.4%, lower than the national average of 11.1% and heading downwards again after the rise of last year.   This equates to 30,777 households in fuel poverty across the county.   Amongst the county's districts and boroughs the proportion of households in fuel poverty ranges from 9.0% in South Northamptonshire to 11.1% in Wellingborough.

    Eight Lower Super Output Areas in the county (LSOAs, small area geographies) have a fuel poverty rate of greater than 18%.   Of these, seven are found in Northampton and one in Wellingborough.   The LSOA with the greatest fuel poverty rate is Northampton 023B covering Colwyn Road, Cowper Street and Hunter Street (terraces near the Racecourse) which scores 19.2%.

    As well as the usual dataview, please also see the spreadsheet showing National Fuel Poverty by Characteristic of Dwelling and Household which highlights those characteristics most affected by fuel poverty.   This spreadsheet is a timeseries running from 2011 to 2016.
  • 29 June 2018
    Update of ONS Population Estimates (2017)
    The 2017 Mid-Year Population Estimates at District level and above released by the Office for National Statistics yesterday are now available on Northamptonshire Analysis under the Population & Census theme, within the Population, Age and Gender sub-theme (link below).   The new 2017 estimates are available in all the main population dataviews including the dataviews covering 3, 5 and 8 age bands;   the dataviews showing the young and old people by single year age bands and additionally the dataview holding gender breakdown by 5-year age bands which will allow you to create population pyramids (unfortunately at the time of writing, the ONS have not yet updated their Population Estimates Analysis Tool, which creates these for you ... but keep an eye on the resources link to this).
    Link to Population and Census theme.

    The total population of the county in 2017 is estimated to be 741,209 persons. This is a growth of 7.1% since the 2011 Census compared to a 4.9% growth across England as a whole. The percentage point gap between these two growth percentages has annually been widening since 2012.

    Please remember that the ONS do not release the 2017 small area population estimates until the autumn, so that the latest estimates for geographies from LSOA up to (but not including) District remain as at 2016.   Please also remember that the ONS's revisions (improvements) to the MYEs for 2012-2016 which were released in March for District level and above, have not yet been released for small area geographies.
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