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Long-term Unemployment

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Hartlepool constituency, (b) the Tees Valley sub-region and (c) the North East Region were long-term unemployed in each year since 1989. (80539)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 28 June 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about unemployment. (80539)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1 shows the number of long-term unemployed for the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region for each 12 months ending February 1999 to February 2004, from the annual LFS, and for the 12 months to December 2004 from the APS. Data are not available for earlier years.

These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution.

ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (ISA). Table 2 shows the annual average number of people claiming ISA for more than 12 months resident in the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region for the calendar years 1989-2005. Data are not available for the Hartlepool constituency prior to 1996.

Table 1: Number of long-term unemployed1 in the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region

£000

12 months ending:

Hartlepool

Tees Valley sub-region

North East

February 1999

2

9

33

February 2000

1

11

33

February 2001

1

10

28

February 2002

1

7

24

February 2003

1

6

20

February 2004

1

5

17

December 2004

1

5

15

1 12 months and over. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey.

Table 2: Number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance for more than 12 months1 in the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region; annual averages; 1989-2005

Hartlepool

Tees Valley sub-region

North East

1989

n/a

10,815

36,970

1990

n/a

8,465

28,730

1991

n/a

9,815

33,060

1992

n/a

12,830

45,025

1993

n/a

15,580

53,170

1994

n/a

16,000

54,225

1995

n/a

14,570

49,735

1996

1,835

13,415

45,745

1997

1,615

10,435

33,785

1998

1,415

8,420

24,660

1999

1,240

6,750

20,305

2000

855

5,240

16,680

2001

625

4,240

13,365

2002

520

3,195

10,390

2003

350

2,545

7,960

2004

270

2,170

6,445

2005

270

2,000

5,700

n/a = Not available. 1 Computerised claims only. Data rounded to nearest five for disclosure control. Source: Jobcentre plus administrative system.