Employment Statistics (Preston)

Treasury written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

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

(2) if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Preston over 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. Mark Hendrick, dated 4 May 2004

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about unemployment. (169665, 169673)

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 Preston 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 Preston 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 twelve months(33)
Claimants for at least twelve months
Preston parliamentary

constituency, 1997–2003



All ages Aged 18–24
1997 3,364 917 135
1998 2,826 478 67
1999 2,632 536 23
2000 2,375 475 8
2001 2,118 391 6
2002 2,056 315 8
2003 1,894 262 10

(33) Computerised claims only.


Office for National Statistics

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