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Youth Unemployment: Peterborough

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people aged 16 to 19 years of age resident in the Peterborough city council area were not in employment, education or training as at (a) 31 December 2006, (b) 31 December 2005 and (c) 31 December 2004; and if he will make a statement. (110735)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about young people not in employment, education or training. (110735)

The number of people aged 16 to 19, resident in the Peterborough City Council area, who were not in full-time education, employment or training, from the Annual Population Survey, was 1,500 for the 12 months ending in December 2004 and 1,500 for the 12 months ending in December 2005. Data for 12 months ending in December 2006 will be available in June 2007.

As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of youth unemployment was in the Peterborough constituency in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (110736)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the rate of youth unemployment was in the Peterborough constituency in each year since 2001. (110736)

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

Table 1, attached, shows the numbers of unemployed, aged 16 to 24, resident in the Peterborough constituency, for the 12 months ending in February from 2001 to 2004, from the annual local area LFS and for the 12 months ending in March 2005 and 2006, from the APS. The corresponding unemployment rates are defined as the number of unemployed expressed as a percentage of the economically active population in the relevant age group.

As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.

ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual average number of people aged 18 to 24, resident in the Peterborough constituency, claiming JSA from 2001 to 2006.

Table 1: Unemployed persons, aged 16 to 24 resident in the Peterborough constituency

Thousand

12 months ending:

Level

Rate1 (percentage)

February 2001

1

8.0

February 2002

1

15.5

February 2003

1

10.7

February 2004

1

10.9

March 2005

1

10.9

March 2006

1

14.1

1 Unemployed as a percentage of the economically active population.

Notes:

1. Estimates are subject to random variability.

2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution.

Source:

Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.

Table 2: Annual average number of claimants of jobseeker’s allowance aged 18 to 24 resident in the Peterborough constituency

Number

2001

455

2002

435

2003

530

2004

510

2005

585

2006

655

Notes:

1. Claimant count data by age includes computerised claims only.

2. Dataset rounded to the nearest 5.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative data.