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Letter from Karen Dunnell, June 2009:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for what average length of time jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point received JSA in each of the last five years. (281848)
The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) is taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. The length of a claim has been defined as the time between the start of an individual's claim and that claim ending. Table 1 shows the median length of completed claims during the May count period of the last five years.
Months May Essex Castle Point 2005 10.0 9.4 2006 11.5 10.1 2007 11.6 12.2 2008 10.0 8.4 2009 11.0 10.6 Source: Jobcentre Plus administrative system
Jobcentre Plus administrative system