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Unemployment: Inverness

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average length of time was for which claimants aged between 18 and 24 years resident in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency were in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years. (315683)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 4 February 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average length of time was for which claimants aged between 18 and 24 years resident in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency were in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years. (315683)

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. The length of a claim has been defined as the time between the start of an individual’s claim and the count date in each reference month. Table 1 shows the median length of live claims for claimants aged between 18-24 years during the last 12 months up to the latest available period in December 2009, and for December of each of the last 5 years.

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: Median length of claims of jobseeker’s allowance of persons1 aged 18 to 24 years resident in the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency

Median length of claim (months)

December 2004

5.7

December 2005

6.1

December 2006

7.4

December 2007

6.2

December 2008

7.2

January 2009

7.3

February 2009

5.7

March 2009

7.9

April 2009

9.1

May 2009

9.2

June 2009

8.9

July 2009

8.4

August 2009

9.4

September 2009

10.3

October 2009

9.6

November 2009

8.4

December 2009

7.8

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

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System