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Unemployment: Greater London

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged 24 years of age or under were considered to be economically inactive in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. (138907)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 June 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about economic inactivity. (138907)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of inactivity for local areas 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 number of economically inactive persons aged 16 to 24, resident in the London boroughs, from the annual local area LFS for the 12-month periods ending in February from 1997 to 2004 and from the APS for the 12-month periods ending in March from 2005 to 2006. Table 2 shows these numbers expressed as a percentage of the resident population of the same age.

As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with caution.

Table 1: Economically inactive persons aged 16 to 24, London boroughs

Thousand

12 months ending:

London borough

February 1997

February 1998

February 1999

February 2000

February 2001

February 2002

February 2003

February 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Barking and Dagenham

4

5

6

6

8

6

7

7

7

8

Barnet

11

12

9

17

15

12

12

17

22

16

Bexley

7

5

6

5

7

7

8

7

9

8

Brent

12

12

12

15

17

13

17

14

17

14

Bromley

7

8

6

7

9

8

10

10

10

11

Camden

9

9

8

9

9

11

11

8

18

15

City of London

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Croydon

10

10

11

8

7

9

10

11

14

16

Ealing

13

10

13

11

18

16

19

16

15

16

Enfield

10

10

10

14

12

12

10

11

16

16

Greenwich

9

7

4

7

8

9

10

12

12

9

Hackney

11

9

11

13

11

13

15

13

16

19

Hammersmith and Fulham

7

8

7

10

8

6

9

8

8

11

Haringey

11

11

12

11

17

15

12

14

14

16

Harrow

7

8

8

8

4

11

12

10

7

9

Havering

4

5

5

7

5

5

7

4

9

6

Hillingdon

3

8

8

8

8

7

10

9

10

12

Hounslow

9

12

9

7

9

10

11

12

10

8

Islington

7

10

11

6

9

8

10

14

10

12

Kensington and Chelsea

6

6

8

6

4

8

9

8

15

8

Kingston-upon-Thames

3

6

5

7

8

6

7

5

9

8

Lambeth

10

12

11

11

12

15

11

11

12

15

Lewisham

8

5

7

10

9

12

11

10

9

13

Merton

4

5

3

3

6

5

4

4

7

9

Newham

10

15

13

16

19

19

19

21

19

15

Redbridge

10

9

9

11

10

9

10

12

15

17

Richmond-upon-Thames

4

5

4

3

3

5

4

8

8

9

Southwark

8

12

15

10

11

10

15

16

14

16

Sutton

3

3

4

2

3

4

3

4

6

5

Tower Hamlets

9

12

14

10

18

18

20

16

14

19

Waltham Forest

10

10

11

8

10

12

11

11

11

10

Wandsworth

6

7

7

7

8

7

10

7

12

15

Westminster, City of

7

11

9

9

9

12

10

12

11

15

Table 2: Economic inactivity rates for persons aged 16 to 24, London boroughs

Percentage

12 months ending:

London borough

February 1997

February 1998

February 1999

February 2000

February 2001

February 2002

February 2003

February 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Barking and Dagenham

17

28

30

30

38

27

32

40

40

38

Barnet

33

34

28

41

36

35

38

45

57

40

Bexley

25

19

23

23

31

31

29

28

32

33

Brent

38

38

34

35

47

33

46

39

56

41

Bromley

26

28

24

26

31

27

40

34

36

37

Camden

47

60

40

40

42

51

41

34

56

58

City of London

1

100

61

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Croydon

31

27

29

25

22

24

25

25

38

40

Ealing

41

38

44

30

48

48

47

48

42

43

Enfield

29

30

32

45

35

42

37

36

49

49

Greenwich

35

33

27

35

34

37

40

44

47

35

Hackney

44

37

50

50

52

50

56

49

65

65

Hammersmith and Fulham

34

40

36

45

42

31

37

33

42

45

Haringey

36

44

41

34

60

54

48

61

50

56

Harrow

40

37

31

36

24

49

45

39

34

41

Havering

21

18

19

29

23

23

26

17

34

29

Hillingdon

14

27

28

31

37

27

36

38

34

44

Hounslow

41

43

39

27

36

34

42

42

32

31

Islington

31

51

49

28

38

36

46

53

46

49

Kensington and Chelsea

42

52

50

48

34

54

54

49

65

61

Kingston-upon-Thames

25

38

33

52

40

33

34

30

43

38

Lambeth

25

33

36

36

32

39

33

37

44

48

Lewisham

31

24

31

35

30

38

38

37

30

49

Merton

22

29

21

21

28

27

21

23

33

42

Newham

35

44

38

47

54

49

51

55

54

48

Redbridge

30

38

36

40

39

36

39

48

54

61

Richmond-upon-Thames

26

34

31

24

24

32

28

54

45

55

Southwark

29

33

41

33

36

34

49

46

46

47

Sutton

21

20

19

10

16

19

15

21

30

25

Tower Hamlets

38

40

50

33

50

51

57

49

44

56

Waltham Forest

30

35

39

29

37

37

42

43

44

38

Wandsworth

23

31

24

26

26

27

35

27

38

52

Westminster, City of

39

48

51

46

43

50

45

53

44

55

1 Sample size too small to provide estimates.

Notes:

1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.

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

Source:

Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey.