The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on how many unemployed people in Stoke-on-Trent claimed unemployment benefit in each year since 1997. (105000)
The table below gives the annual average number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance in the Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority for the years 1997 to 2002. The data are not seasonally adjusted.