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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance but no longer qualify for it (a) have found employment, (b) are still unemployed and (c) are registered as unemployed; and if he will make a statement. (254414)

The total number of people leaving jobseeker's allowance is decreasing in line with the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance. The number of people leaving with an unknown destination recorded has increased over the last ten years. This is because the completion levels of the JSA40 (forms filled in by people leaving jobseeker's allowance) have decreased over this period. This should be taken into account when interpreting these statistics, as many of these ‘unknown' leavers will have moved into employment or other benefits.

The available information is in the table.

Destination of claimants leaving jobseekers allowance—2008





Other benefit (excludes those reaching retirement age)




Other known destinations


Not known





1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

2. The question does not specify any time period; total claimants leaving jobseeker's allowance during 2008 have been supplied.

3. Number of leavers moving into employment includes claimants who increased their employment hours beyond 16 per week.

4. Most of those moving onto other benefits will still be out of work.

5. Other known destinations include gone abroad, reached retirement age, gone to prison, deceased, new claim review or defective claim.


100 per cent. count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems