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Unemployment: Peterborough

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough constituency had been unemployed for over (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; (295115)

(2) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough constituency were unemployed in (i) May 1997 and (ii) in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

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 Questions asking how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough constituency had been unemployed for over (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough constituency were unemployed in (i) May 1997 and (ii) in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. (295115 & 295116)

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 (i) over 6 months and (ii) over 12 months in September 2009 and the previous 11 months. Table 2 contains the number of persons aged 16 to 24 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the requested geographies for (i) May 1997 and (ii) 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 people aged 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Peterborough city council area and Peterborough parliamentary constituency for over six months and 12 months

Peterborough city council

Peterborough constituency

Claiming over six months

Claiming over 12 months

Claiming over six months

Claiming over 12 months

October 2008

110

5

75

5

November 2008

80

5

55

5

December 2008

95

5

65

5

January 2009

105

5

70

5

February 2009

115

5

75

5

March 2009

145

5

90

5

April 2009

160

10

95

5

May 2009

205

10

135

5

June 2009

220

10

150

5

July 2009

205

10

140

5

August 2009

270

10

175

5

September 2009

315

15

210

10

Notes:

1. Data has been rounded to the nearest five.

2. People claiming for over 12 months are included in the counts of people claiming for over six months.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system.

Table 2: Number of people aged 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Peterborough city council area and Peterborough parliamentary constituency

Peterborough city council

Peterborough constituency

May 1997

1,275

925

October 2008

925

630

November 2008

990

675

December 2008

1,080

740

January 2009

1,205

815

February 2009

1,545

1,035

March 2009

1,655

1,105

April 2009

1,685

1,110

May 2009

1,685

1,115

June 2009

1,705

1,110

July 2009

1,560

1,035

August 2009

1,650

1,110

September 2009

1,705

1,145

Note:

Data has been rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system.