If you are thinking of moving to Pontefract or just want to know a what the area is like, the statistics on this page should give you a good introduction. They cover a range of socio-economic factors so you can compare Pontefract to figures for Wakefield and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Pontefract is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.
Pontefract Benefits & Unemployment Statistics
After the introduction of Universal Credit, the government no longer publishes unemployment figures as a percentage of the working population and has no further plans to do so. They do however publish the number of Universal Credit claimants in every local district council. We have taken the LDC that includes Pontefract and compared it to the nearest councils. Please be aware that Universal Credit is a in and out of work benefit. Therefore these figures are an indicator of BOTH unemployment and underemployment.
These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Pontefract are dated . They are the last published statistics of unemployment rates as a percentage of the population. Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.The rate of unemployment in Pontefract is both higher than the average for and higher than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe hard. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 25% higher in Pontefract than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.
|Jobseekers Allowance (only)||4.3%||3.3%|
|Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)||3.4%||2.4%|
|Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)||17.8%||13.5%|
Pontefract Immigration Statistics
These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Pontefract are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Pontefract has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.
|Rebublic of Ireland||0.2%||0.7%|
|Other EU Countries||2.4%||3.7%|
|Outside the EU||2.8%||9.4%|
Pontefract Property Ownership & Rental Statistics
|Social Rented (Council)||17.2%||9.4%|
|Social Rented (Housing Assoc)||6.4%||8.3%|
Pontefract Social Grade & Occcupation Statistics
Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner. Pontefract has 20% less Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.
Pontefract General Health Statistics
The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Pontefract. The percentage of residents in Pontefract rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Pontefract rating their health as 'very bad' is more than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Pontefract is generally worse than in the average person in England.
Pontefract Age Distribution Statistics
The population of Pontefract as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Pontefract is also older than the average, making Pontefract a older persons location.
|Age 0 to 4||6%||6.3%|
|Age 5 to 9||5.5%||5.6%|
|Age 10 to14||5.8%||5.8%|
|Age 15 to 17||3.9%||3.7%|
|Age 18 to 24||8.3%||9.4%|
|Age 25 to 29||6.4%||6.9%|
|Age 30 to 44||20%||20.6%|
|Age 45 to 59||20.8%||19.4%|
|Age 60 to 64||6.5%||6%|
|Age 65 to 74||9.3%||8.6%|
|Age 75 to 84||5.6%||5.5%|
|Age 85 and over||2.1%||2.3%|
Pontefract Education Statistics
These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Pontefract and are from the UK Census of 2011. Pontefract has a high level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average.
Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.