I have been asked to reply.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, July 2009:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the level of (a) claimant unemployment, (b) youth unemployment and (c) long-term unemployment was in Hemsworth constituency (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which information is available. (288692)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. Estimates of youth unemployment and long term unemployment are not available for the Hemsworth constituency due to the small sample size.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. The number of persons claiming JSA in June 1997 was 2,400 and in June 2009 was 2,300.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at: