The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.
Letter from Jil Matheson, dated September 2009:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people aged more than 50 years were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each month of the last five years. (289151)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. Table 1 shows the number of people aged 50 and over resident in each region who has claimed JSA in each of the last 5 years. Table 2 shows the number of persons aged 50 and over resident in each Jobcentre Plus district who has claimed JSA in each of the last 5 years. A copy of the tables are available in the Library of the House.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at: