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Labour Statistics

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were (a) employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time and (b) unemployed in (A) the Stroud District Council area, (B) Gloucestershire and (c) the UK (1) at the latest date for which figures are available and (2) at the same date in each of the previous 10 years. (95344)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 23 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about employment and unemployment. (95344)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of employment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. For unitary and local authorities, the ONS produces estimates of total unemployment from a statistical model. For all other estimates of unemployment for local areas, ONS compiles statistics from the annual local area LFS and the APS following ILO definitions.

Table 1 shows the number of people in employment, by full-time and part-time status, for people resident in the Stroud District Council area for the 12 months ending in February from 1996 to 2004 from the annual local area LFS and for the 12 month periods ending in March from 2005 to 2006 from the APS. Unemployment levels and rates are from a statistical model.

Table 2 shows corresponding data for the administrative county of Gloucestershire and Table 3 shows data for the United Kingdom from the annual local area LFS and the APS.

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 4 shows the number of claimants of JSA resident in the Stroud District Council area, the administrative county of Gloucestershire and the United Kingdom for each September from 1996 to 2006 and as a proportion of the resident working age population.

Table 1: Employment, by full-time and part-time status, and unemployment; Stroud

Employment (16+) (000)

Unemployment (16+)

12 months ending

Total 2

Full-time

Part-time

Working age Employment rate (%)

Total (000)

Rate (%)

February 1996

53

39

14

79

n/a

n/a

February 1997

55

40

15

80

2

4

February 1998

51

36

15

81

2

4

February 1999

51

38

13

82

2

3

February 2000

54

38

16

82

2

3

February 2001

56

39

18

84

2

3

February 2002

54

36

18

82

2

4

February 2003

54

37

17

80

2

3

February 2004

55

39

17

84

2

3

March 2005

54

38

16

79

n/a

n/a

March 2006

52

34

18

77

n/a

n/a

n/a—not available

1 Model-based

2 Includes people who did not state whether they worked full-time or part-time.

Note:

Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 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: Employment, by full-time and part-time status, and unemployment; Gloucestershire.

Employment (16+) (000)

Unemployment (16+)

12 months ending

Total 1

Full-time

Part-time

Working age Employment rate (%)

Total (000)

Rate (%)

February 1996

275

198

77

78

21

5

February 1997

270

195

75

80

14

3

February 1998

272

191

81

78

16

4

February 1999

275

199

76

79

10

2

February 2000

284

203

81

80

8

3

February 2001

288

205

83

81

13

4

February 2002

284

202

82

81

11

4

February 2003

279

195

84

79

11

4

February 2004

277

196

80

78

12

4

March 2005

283

203

79

79

10

4

March 2006

284

204

79

80

11

4

1 Includes people who did not state whether they worked full-time or part-time.

Note:

Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 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 3: Employment, by full-time and part-time status, and unemployment; United Kingdom

Employment (16+) (000)

Unemployment (16+)

12 months ending

Total 1

Full-time

Part-time

Working age Employment rate (%)

Total (000)

Rate (%)

February 1996

25,721

19,409

6,270

71

2,400

9

February 1997

26,011

19,482

6,520

72

2,207

8

February 1998

26,357

19,752

6,594

73

1,911

7

February 1999

26,659

19,996

6,655

73

1,730

6

February 2000

26,908

20,142

6,758

74

1,689

6

February 2001

27,180

20,283

6,887

74

1,518

5

February 2002

27,433

20,508

6,915

74

1,450

5

February 2003

27,566

20,484

7,067

74

1,494

5

February 2004

27,789

20,538

7,237

74

1,444

5

March 2005

28,039

20,836

7,184

74

1,381

5

March 2006

28,117

20,900

7,203

74

1,483

5

1 Includes people who did not state whether they worked full-time or part-time

Note:

Estimates are subject to sampling variability

Source:

Annual local area Labour Force Survey: Annual Population Survey

Table 4: Claimants of jobseeker’s allowance; Stroud district council, Gloucestershire and the United Kingdom September 1996 to September 2006

Stroud district council

Gloucestershire

United Kingdom

September

Level

Proportion (%)1

Level

Proportion (%)1

Level

Proportion (%)1

1996

2,451

4

14,081

4

2,103,721

6

1997

1,629

3

9,541

3

1,513,537

4

1998

1,262

2

8,079

2

1,334,273

4

1999

1,263

2

7,493

2

1,223,954

3

2000

1,081

2

6,756

2

1,042,804

3

2001

1,002

2

5,918

2

940,373

3

2002

938

2

6,179

2

936,214

3

2003

1,000

2

5,962

2

922,136

3

2004

849

1

5,044

2

827,833

2

2005

855

1

5,343

2

871,532

2

2006

898

1

6,013

2

952,909

3

1 Percentage of resident working age population. Mid-2004 population estimates used for September 2005 and September 2006 proportions

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative systems