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Jobseeker’s Allowance

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the results were of occupational analysis of the jobseeker's allowance claimant count undertaken by her Department in (a) 2006 and (b) 2009. (319336)

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 Stephen Penneck:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for occupational analysis of the jobseeker's allowance undertaken in (a) 2006 and (b) 2009. (319336)

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. Analysis is published each month on the number of claimants of JSA by the claimant's usual occupation and sought occupation. Occupations are defined following the Standard Occupational Classification 2000.

A table showing the number of people claiming JSA by the usual and sought occupation of claimants in December 2006 and December 2009 has been prepared. As the information requested is quite extensive, a copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

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