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Unemployment: Glasgow

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many unemployed (a) male and (b) female young people live in Glasgow, East constituency; and what percentage each figure represents; (160055)

(2) how many unemployed adult (a) males and (b) females live in Glasgow, East constituency; and what percentage each figure represents.

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 25 October 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about unemployment. I am replying in her absence. (160055, 160056)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1, attached, shows the numbers unemployed and the unemployment rates for youth and adult males and females in the Glasgow East constituency for the 12 months ending March 2007 (the latest period for which data are available). The unemployment rate is defined as the number unemployed as the percentage of the number of economically active persons in the age and sex group of interest. Table 1 also shows the number unemployed as the percentage of all persons in the age and sex group. In this table youth is defined as those aged 16 to 24 and adult refers to those aged 25 or more.

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.

ONS also compiles statistics for local areas on numbers of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (ISA). Table 2, attached, shows the average numbers of young and adult males and females resident in the Glasgow East constituency, claiming JSA between April 2006 and March 2007.

Table 2 also shows the numbers of young and adult males and females claiming JSA in September 2007 (the latest period for which data are available). For JSA claimants, youth is defined as those aged 18 to 24, and adult refers to those aged 25 or more.

Table 1: Unemployed persons, by age and sex, resident in the Glasgow East parliamentary constituency, April 2006 to March 2007

Level (1000s)

Rate1

Percentage2

Females

Aged 16 to 24

3

3

3

Aged 25+

1,000

6

3

Males

Aged 16 to 24

3

3

3

Aged 25+

2

10

6

1 Unemployed as a percentage of the number of economically active persons in relevant age and sex group.

2 Unemployed as percentage of the total number in relevant age and sex group

3 Sample too small to provide estimate

Note:

Estimates are subject to sampling variability.

Source:

Annual population survey

Table 2: Number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance by age and sex, resident in the Glasgow East parliamentary constituency

Average count April 2006 to March 2007

Count in September 2007

Females

Aged 16 to 24

225

205

Aged 25+

315

315

Males

Aged 16 to 24

565

465

Aged 25+

1,360

1,255

Notes:

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

2. Dataset rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative data