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Employment: West Lancashire

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 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 West Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. (144967)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 June 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people aged 24 years of age or under were considered to be economically inactive in west Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. (144967)

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

The attached table shows the number of economically inactive persons, aged 16 to 24, resident in the West Lancashire constituency, 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, These numbers are also expressed as a percentage of the total population in that 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.

Table 1: Economic inactivity in 16 to 24 year olds in West Lancashire parliamentary constituency

Economically inactive 16 to 24 year olds

12 months ending

Level (thousand)

Rate (percentage)

February 1997

3

30

February 1998

4

37

February 1999

2

24

February 2000

3

23

February 2001

4

45

February 2002

3

33

February 2003

4

42

February 2004

2

22

March 2005

3

34

March 2006

3

29

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.