Employment Statistics (Wigan)

Treasury written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Neil Turner Neil Turner Labour, Wigan

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Wigan;

(2) what the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Wigan were in each of the last seven years.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Neil Turner, dated 4 May 2004

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.

Annual average number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), and number claiming for at least 12 months
Claimants for at least twelve months(35)
Wigan parliamentary

constituency, 1997–2003



All ages Aged 18–24
1997 2,516 871 137
1998 2,029 339 46
1999 1,825 317 10
2000 1,629 252 (36)
2001 1,444 232 (36)
2002 1,325 191 8
2003 1,331 189 10

(35) Computerised claims only.

(36) Value between 1 and 5, not shown to prevent disclosure.


Office for National Statistics.

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