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Jobseeker's Allowance: Bexley

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time a claimant received jobseeker’s allowance in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency was in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years. (294263)

The information is in the following tables.

Average length of time a claimant received jobseeker’s allowance in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each of the last 12 months

Median (Number of weeks)

October 2008

7.7

November 2008

7.1

December 2008

9.9

January 2009

7.8

February 2009

7.1

March 2009

9.2

April 2009

10.7

May 2009

10.5

June 2009

8.9

July 2009

11.4

August 2009

12.0

September 2009

11.4

Average length of time a claimant received jobseeker’s allowance in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each of the last five years

October to September each year

Median (Number of weeks)

2004-05

11.0

2005-06

11.2

2006-07

12.2

2007-08

9.7

2008-09

9.6

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.