Jobseeker's Allowance

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged (a) 18 to 24 and (b) over 50 in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and resident in East Lothian constituency.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, 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 June 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged (a) 18 to 24 and (b) over 50 in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and resident in East Lothian constituency. (114922)

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

In May 2012 the number of people resident in East Lothian and claiming JSA (a) aged 18 to 24 was 605 and (b) aged 50 and over was 355.

Age data is only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7% of all claims. Age data is rounded to the nearest 5.

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

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