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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total and (b) percentage rate of (i) unemployment, (ii) long-term unemployment and (iii) youth unemployment was in each constituency in each of the last 10 years, grouped by region. (79828)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 11 July 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about unemployment. (79828)

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.

Tables 1 to 5, attached, show estimates for each parliamentary constituency in great Britain, for the 12 month periods ending in February from 1997 to 2004 from the annual LFS, and for the 12 months ending December 2004 from the APS. Table 1 shows the number of unemployed aged 16 and over resident in each constituency; Table 2 shows unemployment rates; Table 3 shows the number of long-term (more than 12 months) unemployed; Table 4 shows the number of unemployed aged 16 to 24 and Table 5 shows the unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24.

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 (JSA). Tables 6 to 10, attached, show annual averages for claimants of JSA resident in each constituency in the United Kingdom for 1996 to 2005. Table 6 shows the total number of claimants; Table 7 shows the number of claimants as a proportion of the resident population of working age; Table 8 shows the number of claimants claiming JSA for over 12 months; Table 9 shows the number claiming over 12 months as a proportion of the working-age population and Table 10 shows the number of people aged 18 to 24 claiming JSA. Proportions for the 18 to 24 age group are not available for parliamentary constituencies.

Since the information is so extensive, copies of these tables have been placed in the House of Commons Library.