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Unemployment Benefits: Young People

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL10040, tabled on 9 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 16, (2) 17, (3) 18, and (4) 19, year-olds registered for unemployment-related benefits in the months of (a) September, and (b) October.

Answered on

23 November 2020

Numbers of people claiming unemployment-related benefits by single year age band are publicly available through the department’s Stat Xplore website.

The table below shows the number of people nationally aged 16, 17, 18 and 19 years old in the Universal Credit (UC) searching for work conditionality group – for people claiming UC whom are closest to the labour market - in September and October 2020.

Age

September 2020

October 2020

16

861

940

17

4630

4563

18

49828

51602

19

70483

71766

Total

125795

128878

The number of people nationally aged 16, 17, 18 and 19 years old and are claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance – a legacy unemployment-related benefit - are published quarterly by DWP on Stat Xplore. However, the latest data available is May 2020.

Age

May 2020

16

Negligible or nil number of claimants

17

25

18

452

19

972

Total

1450