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Jobseeker’s Allowance: Fife

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what average length of time a claimant received jobseeker's allowance in North East Fife constituency in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years. (293976)

The information is in the following tables:

Average length of time a claimant received jobseeker’s allowance in North East Fife constituency in each of the last 12 months

Median (number of weeks)

October 2008

7.0

November 2008

6.7

December 2008

6.3

January 2009

7.6

February 2009

10.4

March 2009

9.1

April 2009

8.2

May 2009

11.4

June 2009

10.9

July 2009

12.5

August 2009

9.1

September 2009

10.8

Source:

DWP WPLS 100 per cent. data

Average length of time a claimant received jobseekers allowance in North East Fife constituency in each of the last five years

October to September each year (Inclusive)

Median (number of weeks)

2004-05

9.0

2005-06

10.9

2006-07

10.9

2007-08

8.9

2008-09

9.1

Notes:

1. Data are published at www.nomisweb.co.uk

2. Median, rather than arithmetic mean, is the preferred measure of “average” for skewed distributions such as duration of claim

Source:

DWP WPLS 100 per cent. data