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Jobseeker's Allowance: Cumbria

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of a jobseeker's allowance claim by a person registered as unemployed in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency was in each of the last five years. (263792)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

The median duration of Jobseeker's Allowance completed claims in the parliamentary constituency of Copeland and the County of Cumbria, for the last five years.

Copeland

Cumbria

Number

Median

Number

Median

March 2004 - February 2005 (inclusive)

3,525

10.1

18,500

8.8

March 2005 - February 2006 (inclusive)

2,990

10.7

16,795

9.0

March 2006 - February 2007 (inclusive)

3,010

12.2

17,205

10.1

March 2007 - February 2008 (inclusive)

3,180

10.5

17,470

9.3

March 2008 - February 2009 (inclusive)

3,155

9.6

17,545

7.9

Notes:

1. Data are published at www.nomisweb.co.uk

2. Completed claims are rounded to the nearest five

3. Median is measured in number of weeks

4. Median is a better measure of “average” than arithmetic mean for skewed distributions such as duration of claim.

Source:

DWP WPLS 100 percent data