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Employment: Houghton and Washington East

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were in employment in Houghton and Washington East constituency in each of the last 10 years. (198485)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated April 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people were in employment in Houghton and Washington East constituency in each of the last 10 years. (198485)

The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1, attached, shows the number of people aged 16 and over, resident in the Houghton and Washington East constituency, who were in employment in each of the last 10 years. Estimates are obtained from the annual LFS for each 12 month period from 1997 to 2004 ending in February. For time series comparisons, the APS estimates from 2005 to 2007 are provided covering the 12 month periods ending in March, but the most recently released estimate is also included, which covers the 12 month period ending in September 2007.

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.

In order to produce estimates for small geographical areas, APS and annual LFS estimates are provided based on survey microdata. These are consistent with the UK

population estimates published in February and March 2003, whereas the regional and national estimates published in the Labour Market Statistics First Release are based on more up-to-date population figures, so the two are not directly comparable.

Table 1: People aged 16+ in employment in Houghton and Washington East constituency

Thousand

12 months ending

In employment

February 19971

38

February 19981

42

February 19991

34

February 20001

37

February 20011

41

February 20021

38

February 20031

38

February 20041

36

March 20052

38

March 20062

40

March 20072

39

September 20072

41

1 Source: Annual Labour Force Survey

2 Source: Annual Population Survey