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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of (a) male and (b) female unemployment is in new towns in the United Kingdom. (85392)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 18 July 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about unemployment in all the new towns in the United Kingdom. (85392)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation definitions. However, data are not available for towns. Table 1, attached, shows the unemployment rates, for males and females aged 16 and over, resident in the local authorities in Great Britain which contain recognised New Towns for the 12 months ending December 2005.

These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Table 2, attached, shows the proportions of males (aged 16 to 64) and females (aged 16 to 59) of working age, resident in local authorities in the United Kingdom which contain recognised New Towns, claiming JSA in June 2006.

Table 1: Male and female unemployment rates; 12 months ending December 2005

Percentage

Unemployment rate

New town

Local authority

Male

Female

England

Aycliffe

Sedgefield

5.7

5.2

Basildon

Basildon

4.9

4.0

Bracknell

Bracknell Forest

5.6

3.5

Central Lancashire

Preston

9.3

6.0

Chorley

4.2

3.7

South Ribble

2.0

2.3

Corby

Corby

5.8

3.2

Crawley

Crawley

6.6

5.9

Harlow

Harlow

9.5

3.7

Hemel Hempstead

Dacorum

1.9

3.8

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

3.2

7.0

Northampton

Northampton

5.1

4.2

Peterborough

Peterborough

5.2

4.1

Peterlee

Easington

5.8

4.5

Redditch

Redditch

4.7

2.8

Runcorn

Halton

4.9

5.5

Skelmersdale

West Lancashire

5.1

3.0

Stevenage

Stevenage

5.9

1

Telford

Telford and Wrekin

5.6

2.4

Warrington

Warrington

3.7

2.7

Washington

Sunderland

7.3

5.4

Welwyn and Hatfield

Welwyn and Hatfield

6.0

2.6

Wales

Cwmbran

Torfaen

7.1

5.1

Newtown

Powys

2.8

2.8

Scotland

Cumbernauld

North Lanarkshire

8.3

5.3

East Kilbride

South Lanarkshire

5.5

4.5

Glenrothes

Fife

5.7

4.1

Irvine

North Ayrshire

8.3

4.8

Livingston

West Lothian

6.0

3.0

1 Sample size disclosive.

Note:

Estimates are subject to sampling variability.

Source:

Annual Population Survey

Table 2: JSA claimants as a proportion of resident working age population;Males and females; June 2006

Percentage

Proportion of resident working age1 population

New town

Local authority

Male

Female

England

Aycliffe

Sedgefield

3.6

1.4

Basildon

Basildon

3.1

1.4

Bracknell

Bracknell Forest

1.9

0.7

Central Lancashire

Preston

4.2

1.3

Chorley

2.1

0.9

South Ribble

2.0

0.8

Corby

Corby

4.5

1.7

Crawley

Crawley

2.4

1.0

Harlow

Harlow

4.0

1.8

Hemel Hempstead

Dacorum

2.7

1.2

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

3.2

1.2

Northampton

Northampton

3.7

1.5

Peterborough

Peterborough

4.6

1.8

Peterlee

Easington

3.7

1.3

Redditch

Redditch

3.5

1.5

Runcorn

Halton

5.2

1.7

Skelmersdale

West Lancashire

4.1

1.4

Stevenage

Stevenage

3.3

1.2

Telford

Telford and Wrekin

3.6

1.3

Warrington

Warrington

2.9

1.0

Washington

Sunderland

5.2

1.6

Welwyn and Hatfield

Welwyn and Hatfield

2.6

1.1

Wales

Cwmbran

Torfaen

3.8

1.3

Newtown

Powys

2.3

1.1

Scotland

Cumbernauld

North Lanarkshire

4.7

1.7

East Kilbride

South Lanarkshire

3.6

1.3

Glenrothes

Fife

5.2

1.9

Irvine

North Ayrshire

6.7

2.5

Livingston

West Lothian

3.5

1.3

Northern Ireland

Antrim and Ballymena

Antrim

2.4

1.0

Ballymena

2.8

1.2

Craigavon

Craigavon

2.8

1.1

Derry

Derry

7.7

2.3

1 Males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative systems.