The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about unemployment. (169358, 169309)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation definitions. However, the LFS sample size is too small to give reliable estimates of unemployment in the Wigan Parliamentary Constituency.
ONS also compiles statistics of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for local areas including parliamentary constituencies.
The attached table gives the annual average number of people claiming JSA for over 12 months, and the annual average number of these claimants aged 18 to 24 years, in the Wigan constituency, for each year since 1997. The table also shows the annual average total number of JSA claimants in the constituency for these years.
|Claimants for at least twelve months(35)|
|Wigan parliamentary |
|All ages||Aged 18–24|
(35) Computerised claims only.
(36) Value between 1 and 5, not shown to prevent disclosure.
Office for National Statistics.