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Unemployment: Kingston upon Thames

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the unemployed claimant count in (a) the Royal Borough of Kingston and (b) Kingston and Surbiton constituency was in (i) 1997, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2009. (317717)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated February 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the unemployed claimant count in (a) the Royal Borough of Kingston and (b) Kingston and Surbiton constituency was in (i) 1997 (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2009. (317717)

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 resident in the London borough of Kingston upon Thames and Kingston and Surbiton parliamentary constituency claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in December 2009, December 2005 and December 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 claiming jobseeker’s allowance resident in the London borough of Kingston upon Thames and Kingston and Surbiton parliamentary constituency

As at December:

Kingston upon Thames

Kingston and Surbiton

1997

2,009

1,559

2005

1,464

1,157

2009

2,403

1,896

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System