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Jobseeker's Allowance: Hertfordshire

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long on average an unemployed person resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years. (265807)

The available information is in the table.

Median duration of Jobseeker's Allowance completed claims in Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency and Hertfordshire, for the last five years

Hemel Hempstead

Hertfordshire

Number

Median

Number

Median

March 2004 to February 2005

3,355

9.1

29,460

8.3

March 2005 to February 2006

3,305

9.6

28,255

9.1

March 2006 to February 2007

3,540

10.4

30,190

10.0

March 2007 to February 2008

3,910

10.0

31,145

9.4

March 2008 to February 2009

3,735

7.5

32,105

7.1

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 per cent. data