Unemployment: Wirral

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of people in each ward who have been unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 24 months in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

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 Peter Fullerton, dated September 2013

In the absence of the Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of people in each ward who have been unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 24 months in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. (169078)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of unemployment for the requested geography are not available due to small sample sizes.

As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), for each ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral for (a) up to 6 months, (b) 6 to 12 months, (c) 12 to 24 months and (d) 24 months and over, for August 2013.

The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level.

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 Jobseeker's Allowance for up to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months, and over 24 months, for each ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, August 2013
Ward Up to 6 months 6 to 12 months 12 to 24 months 24 months and over
Bebington 140 20 30 20
Bidston 255 110 70 80
Birkenhead 400 170 105 125
Bromborough 165 55 30 45
Clatterbridge ¦95 20 20 10
Claughton 180 55 40 40
Eastham 95 30 15 25
Egerton 225 105 60 60
Heswall 75 20 10 10
Hoylake 105 20 10 15
Leasowe 195 85 50 55
Liscard 220 80 60 55
Moreton 120 40 35 25
New Brighton 220 70 60 65
Oxton 160 60 40 25
Prenton 145 50 30 25
Royden 110 25 15 10
Seacombe 325 160 105 105
Thurstaston 110 20 15 10
Tranmere 305 135 80 100
Upton 195 60 45 35
Wallasey 120 25 20 25
(1) Data rounded to the nearest 5 to safeguard the confidentiality of information about individual claimants. Source: Jobcentre Plus Administrative System

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