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Jobseekers Allowance

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) mean and (b) median length of a claim for jobseekers allowance; (203268)

(2) what estimate he has made of the (a) mean and (b) median length of a claim for jobseekers allowance for a claimant who has (i) a drink or drug addiction and (ii) a mental health condition.

Information on average durations of jobseeker's allowance claims is not available broken down by medical condition. The available information is in the table.

Average claim durations of jobseeker's allowance leavers —March 2008

Weeks

Median duration

9.2

Estimated mean duration

18.5

Notes:

1. Median and mean durations are rounded to one decimal place.

2. Mean durations are not recommended to be used when dealing with skewed distribution such as duration of claim. In these cases, the median is a better measure of ‘average’ than the arithmetic mean.

Source:

Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (computer held cases only).