The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 15 January 2008:
The National Statistician has been asked, to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what percentage of the working age population were in full-time employment in each local authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence. (179143)
The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local authorities from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1 attached, shows the number of people in full-time employment as a percentage of the working age population by local authority in Great Britain, for the period July 2006 to June 2007 (the latest period for which data are available) from the APS. A copy of this table has been placed in the House: of Commons Library.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. Estimates for the City of London in. particular are based on very few observations.