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Unemployment Benefit

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unemployed people in the City of York parliamentary constituency claimed unemployment benefit in each year since 1979. [102636]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Office for National Statistics to Hugh Bayley dated 18 March 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question about how many unemployed people in the City of York Parliamentary Constituency claimed unemployment benefit in each year since 1979.
Information on the claimant count, that is the numbers claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or previous unemployment benefits by Parliamentary Constituency are available monthly, but only from June 1983 onwards. The data are not fully comparable over time. Figures for parliamentary constituencies from January 1996 were based on the ward boundaries of the 1991 census. Data before were based on the 1981 ward boundaries.
The attached table shows the annual average claimant level in the City of York Parliamentary constituency for the year 1983 to 2002.

Annual average levels of claimant count in the City of York Parliamentary Constituency

Year

Number

1983

14,391

19845,133
19855,712
19865,994
19875,526
19884,538
19893,521
19902,991
19913,645
19924,281
19934,614
19944,582
19954,403
19964,053
19973,002
19982,495
19992,190
20001,895
20011,676
20021,480

1 Average of the seven months June to December 1983.