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Unemployment: Older Workers

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people over 50 years old in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency are in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance. (311349)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people over 50 years old in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency are on jobseeker's allowance. 311349.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system.

Table 1 shows the number of people aged 50 years and over, claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the UK, England, the North East and Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland for November 2009, the latest date for which data is available.

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 50 years and over claiming jobseeker’s allowance

Number

United Kingdom

239,545

England

201,675

North East

12,785

Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland

425

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system.