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Unemployment: Bexley

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley had been unemployed for more than (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. (295560)

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated October 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley had been unemployed for more than (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. (295560)

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.

However, estimates of unemployment for the requested age bands and geographies are not available. As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of persons, aged 16 to 24, claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, in the requested geographies, for (a) over 6 months and (b) over 12 months in September 2009 and the previous 11 months.

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number of persons1 aged 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance by duration of claim

Bexleyheath and Crayford

Bexley

Duration

Over six months

Over 12 months

Over six months

Over 12 months

October 2008

25

5

70

20

November 2008

25

0

65

15

December 2008

25

5

65

15

January 2009

30

5

85

20

February 2009

35

5

110

20

March 2009

45

5

140

20

April 2009

65

5

170

20

May 2009

70

5

185

20

June 2009

80

5

190

20

July 2009

80

5

190

20

August 2009

105

5

250

25

September 2009

110

10

260

30

1 Duration of claims is only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Note:

Data rounded to nearest 5.

Source:

Jobcentreplus Administrative System