LONDON DATASTORE OCTOBER UPDATE

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Some interesting findings from the London Dashboard this month are below:
Jobs and economy
JOBS AND ECONOMY
  • The London unemployment rate was 4.6% for Aug 2019. This has decreased by 0.2 percentage points from Aug 2018. The London unemployment rate is normally slightly above the UK average and the gap is currently 0.8 percentage points.
Transport
TRANSPORT
  • Network Lost Customer Hours in Period 6 19/20 stood at 3.7 million. This cannot be compared to previous data due to change in methodology.
  • In period 6 the number of Underground journeys increased by 1.9% compared to the same period a year before. The number of DLR journeys increased by 1.6%, the number of Overground journeys increased by 0.8%, Emirates Airline increased by 10.1% and the number of TfL rail journeys increased by 3.0%. However, the number of Bus journeys decreased by 1.2% and Tram journeys by 25.1%.
  • September 2019 saw a total of 965,581 bicycle hires, which was a decrease of 4.2% when compared to the same month in 2018.
Environment
ENVIRONMENT
  • The average reservoir levels in September 2019 increased both in the Lower Lee (from 75.9% to 84.5%) and in the Lower Thames (from 64.7 to 71.6%) compared to the same month last year.
  • The proportion of domestic energy efficiency certificates with the lowest ratings (E to G) was 11.2% in the year to end of Quarter 2 2019. This has fallen by 4.8% points from the same period last year.
Housing
HOUSING
  • The average house price in August 2019 for London was £472,753 (down 1.4% compared with the same month a year before). For England, the average house price was £251,233 (up 1.1%).
  • In Sep 2019, private rent levels in London were up by 0.9% compared with the same month a year ago while the rest of England stayed the same at 1.5%.
Community safety
COMMUNITY SAFETY
  • The number of crimes on the transport network in the quarter Apr-Jun 2019/20 (10,383) was up 34.5% compared with the same quarter in 2018/19 (7,719).
  • Police officer numbers for London are up 2.1% over the last year (+636 FTE officers). The number of civilian staff has also risen by (+355). PCSO numbers have decreased by 0.8% (-10).
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