Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th May 2012.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Liberal Democrat, Yeovil

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) 18 to 24 and (b) 18 to 21 year-olds claimed jobseeker's allowance in England in the latest period for which figures are available; what proportion ceased claiming after (i) three, (ii) six, (iii) nine and (iv) 12 months; and how many of those who ceased claiming after each such period (A) found a full-time job, (B) found a part-time job, (C) entered full-time higher education, (D) entered full-time further education, (E) transferred to other benefits and (F) left for another destination.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) 18-24 and (b) 18-21 year olds claimed Jobseekers Allowance in England in the latest period for which figures are available; what proportion ceased claiming after (i) three, (it) six, (iii) nine and (iv) 12 months; and how many of those who ceased claiming after each such period (A) found a full-time job, (B) found a part-time job, (C) entered full-time higher education, (D) entered full-time further education, (E) transferred to other benefits and (F) left for another destination. (106467)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system.

Table 1 shows the number of people aged 18-24 and 18-21 who were claiming JSA in England in April 2012.

Table 2 shows the number of people aged 18-24 and 18-21 who flowed off Jobseeker's Allowance in England by age group, length of claim and destination between the March and April 2012 counts. We have provided the length of claim in weeks as follows: 0-13 weeks, 14-26 weeks, 27-39 weeks, 40-52 weeks and 52 and over weeks. The requested categories for the destination of these off-flows are not available. As an alternative we have categorized these off-flows as Found job/increased hours; Full-time education; Transfer to other benefits; and Other/Unknown.

Table 3 shows the number of off-flows of people aged 18-24 and 18-21 as a percentage of all off-flows between the March and April 2012 counts for each age group for the same breakdowns as table 2.

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

Table 1: Number (1) of people claiming jobseekers allowance in England—April 2012
Age Number
18 to 24 381,895
18 to 21 234,270
(1) Data rounded to nearest five. Source: Jobcentreplus Administrative System
Table 2: Number (1) of people who flowed off jobseeker's allowance in England by age group, length of claim and destination—April 2012
  Aged 18-24
Length of claim (weeks) : All durations 0-13 14-26 27-39 40-52 Over 52
Destination            
Total 107,605 63,720 21,260 11,190 4,310 7,125
Of which:            
Found job/ increased hours(2) 37,225 19,030 9,070 4,990 1,905 2,225
Full-time education 940 810 70 40 15 5
Transfer to other benefits(3) 3,195 1,200 870 520 260 345
Other/unknown 66,245 42,680 11,250 5,635 2,135 4,550
  Aged 18-2 1
Length of claim (weeks) All durations 0-13 14-26 27-39 40-52 Over 52
Destination            
Total 63,370 38,725 12,810 7,045 2,410 2,385
Of which:            
Found job/ increased hours(2) 20,470 10,105 5,140 3,080 1,025 1,120
Full-time education 810 710 55 35 10 5
Transfer to other benefits(3) 2,100 795 570 360 160 215
Other/unknown 39,990 27,115 7,045 3,570 1,215 1,050
(1) Data rounded to nearest five. (2) Increased hours covers those who have increased their work to more than 16 hours a week (3) Transfer to other benefits covers the categories incapacity benefit, income support and other benefits. 4. Other/unknown covers the categories ceased claiming; gone abroad; deceased; failed to sign; retirement age; claim review; automatic credits; defective claim; gone to prison; training; and not known. Note: Totals may not add up to their independently rounded components. Source: Jobcentreplus Administrative System
Table 3: Percentage of people who flowed off jobseeker's allowance in England by age band, length of claim and destination—April 2012
Percentage
  Aged 18-24
Length of claim (weeks) : All durations 0-13 14-26 27-39 40-52 Over 52
Destination            
Total 100 59 20 10 4 7
Of which:            
Found job/ increased hours(1) 35 18 8 5 2 2
Full-time education 1 1 0 0 0 0
Transfer to other benefits(2) 3 1 1 0 0 0
Other/unknown(3) 62 40 10 5 2 4
Percentage
  Aged 18-21
Length of claim (weeks) : All durations 0-13 14-26 27-39 40-52 Over 52
Destination            
Total 100 61 20 11 4 4
Of which:            
Found job/ increased hours(1) 32 16 8 5 2 2
Full-time education 1 1 0 0 0 0
Transfer to other benefits(2) 3 1 1 1 0 0
Other/unknown(3) 63 43 11 6 2 2
(1) Increased hours covers those who have increased their work to more than 16 hours a week (2) Transfer to other benefits covers the categories incapacity benefit, income support and other benefits. (3) Other/unknown covers the categories ceased claiming; gone abroad; deceased; failed to sign; retirement age; claim review; automatic credits; defective claim; gone to prison; training; and not known. Note: Totals may not add up to their independently rounded components. Source: Jobcentreplus Administrative System

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