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Employment

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in full-time employment in each year since 1997; (181287)

(2) how many people in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were employed in each year since 1997;

(3) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were unemployed in each year since 1997;

(4) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in part-time employment in each year since 1997;

(5) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in temporary employment in each year since 1997.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions concerning employment and unemployment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK. (181287, 181288, 181289, 181372, 181373)

Questions 181288 and 181289 ask for the same information on total employment and unemployment as questions received in July and October of last year, and I refer you to the answer given in official report volume 463 of 26 July, column 1460, copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library, and volume 464 of 8 October, column 577.

The above answers were compiled using the most up to date datasets available. Annual estimates are compiled from the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1, attached, shows the number of people, who were (i) aged 16 and over, (ii) working age (Males 16-64, Females 16-59) resident in the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside metropolitan borough, the North East and United Kingdom who were in full time, part time and temporary employment for the 12 months ending February 1997 to 2003, from the LFS and for the 12 months ending March 2004 to 2007, from the APS.

Some estimates in Table 1 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.

In this case, the sample sizes for the Jarrow constituency and South Tyneside metropolitan borough are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over time. The information on the number of people in temporary employment is unavailable for 1997.

Table 1: Number of people employed between 1997 and 2006

Thousand

UK

North East

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

19971

Age 16+

19,752

6,594

774

279

Working Age

19,534

6,026

769

266

19981

Age 16+

19,997

6,654

1,678

775

272

78

Working Age

19,784

6,096

1,611

772

254

76

19991

Age 16+

20,142

6,756

1,622

755

285

75

Working Age

19,918

6,162

1,551

749

267

72

20001

Age 16+

20,283

6,885

1,616

787

277

78

Working Age

20,052

6,282

1,545

782

259

75

20011

Age 16+

20,687

6,930

1,585

796

279

78

Working Age

20,448

6,321

1,509

791

262

75

20021

Age 16+

20,696

7,086

1,534

801

280

71

Working Age

20,448

6,449

1,448

795

266

69

20031

Age 16+

20,765

7,134

1,325

807

282

63

Working Age

20,491

6,456

1,253

800

265

61

20042

Age 16+

20,835

7,182

1,116

813

285

56

Working Age

20,535

6,463

1,058

805

265

53

20052

Age 16+

20,930

7,229

1,265

820

286

61

Working Age

20,603

6,464

1,192

812

264

58

20062

Age 16+

21,025

7,276

1,415

828

287

66

Working Age

20,671

6,466

1,326

819

264

63

Thousand

South Tyneside

Jarrow

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

19971

Age 16+

39

18

16

9

Working Age

39

17

16

9

19981

Age 16+

44

15

5

21

8

2

Working Age

43

14

4

21

8

2

19991

Age 16+

43

15

5

23

8

2

Working Age

42

14

5

23

8

2

20001

Age 16+

43

15

4

23

8

2

Working Age

43

14

4

22

7

2

20011

Age 16+

46

18

5

24

9

2

Working Age

46

17

5

24

9

2

20021

Age 16+

46

17

5

23

8

2

Working Age

45

16

5

23

7

2

20031

Age 16+

47

16

5

23

8

2

Working Age

46

16

5

23

7

2

20042

Age 16+

48

14

4

23

8

2

Working Age

47

13

4

23

7

2

20052

Age 16+

46

15

4

23

8

2

Working Age

45

14

4

23

7

2

20062

Age 16+

45

16

4

22

8

2

Working Age

44

15

4

21

8

2

Sources:

1 Source LFS.

2 Source APS.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were employed by agencies in each year since 1997. (181295)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been employed by agencies in each year since 1997. (181295)

The answer was compiled using the most up to date datasets available. Annual estimates are compiled from the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS).

The attached table gives figures of those (i) aged 16+ (ii) of working age (males 16-64, females 16-59) employed by agencies, resident in the UK, North East, South Tyneside and Jarrow constituency for the 12 months ending February 1998 to 2003, from the LFS and for the 12 months ending March 2004 to 2007, from the APS. Comparable estimates are not available before 1998.

The LFS estimates at this detailed level are only consistent with the UK population estimates published in February and March 2003 and they do not incorporate the more recent population estimates that are used in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

People employed by agencies1, 1998-20062 UK, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

UK

North East

South Tyneside

Jarrow

19984

Age 16+

238

7

3

3

Working age

233

7

3

3

19994

Age 16+

263

11

3

3

Working age

259

11

3

3

20004

Age 16+

266

11

3

3

Working age

260

11

3

3

20014

Age 16+

268

9

3

3

Working age

260

9

3

3

20024

Age 16+

254

9

1

3

Working age

245

8

1

3

20034

Age 16+

248

8

1

1

Working age

240

8

1

1

20045

Age 16+

217

9

1

3

Working age

209

9

1

3

20055

Age 16+

221

10

1

3

Working age

215

10

1

3

20065

Age 16+

249

11

1

3

Working age

242

11

1

3

1 In the LFS these are people who are employed as an agency temp in a non-permanent job.

2 For 1998-2003 the period covered is the 12 months ending in February the following year. For 2004-07 the period covered is the 12 months ending in March the following year.

3 Sample sizes too small to provide reliable estimates.

Sources:

4 LFS

5 APS