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Unemployment: Preston

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of unemployment has been in Preston in each year since 1997. (311018)

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 what the level of unemployment has been in Preston in each year since 1997. (311018)

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 and geography are not available.

As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for the Preston constituency for November 2009 and November of each year since 1997.

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 persons resident in Preston parliamentary constituency claiming jobseeker's allowance

As at November each year

Number of claimants

1997

2,831

1998

2,530

1999

2,351

2000

2,106

2001

1,920

2002

1,810

2003

1,744

2004

1,710

2005

1,884

2006

1,914

2007

1,811

2008

2,179

2009

3,047

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system.