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Unemployment: Essex

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Castle Point constituency had been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for (a) less than six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between 12 months and two years and (d) more than two years on the latest date for which information is available; (307503)

(2) what the average length of time was for which a claimant resident in Castle Point constituency to be in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years;

(3) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point had been unemployed for over (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last six months;

(4) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency were unemployed in (i) May 1997 and (ii) each of the last six months for which figures are available.

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people in Castle Point constituency have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for (a) less than six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between 12 months and two years and (d) more than two years on the latest date for which information is available; what the average length of time was for which claimant resident in Castle Point constituency to be in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years; how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have been unemployed for over (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last six months; and how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency were unemployed in (i) May 1997 and (ii) each of the last six months for which figures are available (307503, 307504, 307505, 307509).

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 band, duration and geographies are not available. As an alternative, questions relating to unemployment have also been answered using Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) data.

Table 1 attached, shows the number of persons resident in Castle Point constituency claiming JSA for (a) up to 26 weeks, (b) over 26 and up to 52 weeks, (c) over 52 and up to 104 weeks and (d) over 104 weeks in October 2009.

Table 2 attached, shows the median length of live claims during the last 12 months up to the latest available period in October 2009, and for October of each of the last 5 years.

Table 3 attached, shows the number of persons, aged 16 to 24, claiming JSA, in the requested geographies, for (a) over 26 weeks and (b) over 52 weeks in October 2009 and the previous 5 months.

Table 4 attached, shows the number of persons, aged 16 to 24, claiming JSA in the requested geographies in (a) May 1997 and (b) from May to October 2009.

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 resident in Castle Point claiming jobseeker’s allowance by length of claim, October 2009

Number

Up to 26 weeks

1,265

Over 26 weeks up to 52 weeks

400

Over 52 weeks up to 104 weeks

115

Over 104 weeks

20

1 Length of claim data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Table 2: Median length of claim of jobseeker’s allowance of persons1 resident in Castle Point constituency

Median length of claim (months)

October 2004

11.2

October 2005

11.8

October 2006

12.8

October 2007

11.1

October 2008

8.9

November 2008

8.2

December 2008

8.6

January 2009

9.3

February 2009

9.6

March 2009

10.7

April 2009

11.0

May 2009

12.5

June 2009

13.6

July 2009

14.1

August 2009

13.8

September 2009

13.7

October 2009

13.1

1 Length of claim data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Table 3: Number of persons1 age 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance by duration of claim

Essex

Castle Point

Over 26 weeks

Over 52 weeks

Over 26 weeks

Over 52 weeks

May 2009

1,450

110

80

5

June 2009

1,575

125

80

5

July 2009

1,535

140

85

5

August 2009

1,680

150

85

10

September 2009

1,525

160

75

10

October 2009

1,390

160

75

10

1 Length of claim data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Table 4: Number of persons age 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance resident in Essex and Castle Point

Essex

Castle Point

May 1997

6,135

425

May 2009

8,520

595

June 2009

8,240

545

July 2009

8,440

565

August 2009

8,600

570

September 2009

8,420

580

October 2009

8,385

560

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.