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Jobseeker's Allowance

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people over the age of 25 claiming jobseeker's allowance have never been in employment of any kind.

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 September 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people aged over the age of 25 years claiming jobseeker's allowance have never been in employment of any kind. (121986).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles Jobseeker's Allowance data from the Jobcentre Plus Administrative system. Unfortunately, data on whether an individual has ever been in employment are not collected by this system.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and JSA count are available on the Nomis website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

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