Discuss the Reliability of Measuring the Unemployment by Claimant Count and Labor Force Survey
Claimant count is based on counting the number of people who claim unemployment related benefits (the majority of whom claim Jobseeker allowance (JSA)) and they are willingly and able to work. The strength of this method is cheap and quick, the statistical department just needs to use the data in the computer to make a claimant count . But it has some serious weaknesses, first it can only give the number of people who do claim jobseeker allowance but no qualitative descriptions like if they are really …show more content…
The reliability of the two ways are different on different measuring scales. Once the unemployment are used to make strategic decision the reliability of the labor force survey are better than of the claimant count for it is more accurate and using the international standard. The reliability of claimant count is better during the process of making the tactical decision for it has no delay and easy to collect.
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