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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 132

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Employment Participation, in writing, on 27 November 2008:

How many Very Long Term Unemployed (24 months plus unemployed) were on the Active Caseload as at June 30: (a) 1999; (b) 2000; (c) 2001; (d) 2002; (e) 2003; (f) 2004; (g) 2005; (h) 2006; (i) 2007; and (j) 2008.

Mr Brendan O’Connor (Minister for Employment Participation) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The Job Network Active Caseload figures for the years prior to 1 July 2003 are not available as the participant numbers in the previous Job Network Contract were capped, point-in-time, rather than demand driven.

The data in the following table shows the numbers of Very Long Term Unemployed (24 months plus unemployed) on the Job Network Active Caseload, on June 30, for those years that are available:

(e)   2003                197,162*

(f)   2004                210,438

(g)   2005                216,907

(h)   2006                243,907

(i)   2007                255,226

(j)   2008                216,449

These figures relate to the Job Network Active Caseload and do not equate to the numbers of people in receipt of unemployment benefits.

* Note that data for (e) is at 1 July 2003