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Unemployment: Slough

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the rate of unemployment over the last three months in Slough constituency.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Estimates of the number of people who are unemployed for sub-regional geographies in the UK are compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is done using the Annual Population Survey (APS), a large household survey of people in the UK.

Estimates are based on a sample of cases and therefore subject to sampling uncertainty. The latest available data covers the period January – December 2019. The ONS’s central estimate is that the unemployment rate for those aged 16 or over in Slough constituency is 4.0% (with the true rate lying somewhere between 2.5% - 5.5%).

The next update is scheduled for 16 July 2020 when data for the April 2019 - March 2020 survey period will be released on the NOMIS website.

(https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/)

The DWP publishes, via its Stat Xplore website, official statistics on the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits by parliamentary constituency area (the ‘Alternative Claimant Count’), which are more timely.

In February 2020, there were 3,216 people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Slough. This equates to 3.5% of the working age population.

Updated Alternative Claimant Count figures up to May 2020 will be published at 9:30am on Thursday 16th July.

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