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Redundancy: West Sussex

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people have been made redundant in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex in the last six months; (270700)

(2) how many people under the age of 19 years were identified as unemployed in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex in each of the last five years;

(3) how many people identified as unemployed in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex had been out of work for 12 months or more in each of the last five months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated April 2009:

As National Statistician, 1 have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people have been made redundant in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex in the last six months; how many people under the age of 19 years were identified as unemployed in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex in each of the last five years; and how many people identified as unemployed in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex had been out of work for 12 months or more in each of the last five months. (270700, 270701 & 270702)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LPS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, this source does not support analysis of redundancies at these geographic levels and no alternate source is available.

It is also not possible to produce analysis of unemployed by small age groups, or for specific durations, for small geographic areas from this source. As an alternative, analysis of the count of claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for small geographic areas has been provided.

Table 1 shows the number of persons under the age of 19 claiming JSA, resident in Mid Sussex and West Sussex.

Table 2 shows the number of persons claiming JSA for more than 12 months resident in Mid Sussex and West Sussex has been provided as estimates for 12 months or more are not available.

As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available from the NOMIS website at

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1. Number of persons aged under 19 claiming jobseeker’s allowance resident in Mid Sussex and West Sussex

As at February each year

Mid Sussex

West Sussex

2005

73

485

2006

64

646

2007

69

691

2008

57

622

2009

114

1,271

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system

Table 2. Number of persons claiming jobseeker’s allowance for more than 12 months resident in Mid Sussex and West Sussex

Mid Sussex

West Sussex

October 2008

47

536

November 2008

48

599

December 2008

49

625

January 2009

54

667

February 2009

55

732

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system