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Unemployment: Young People

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK born 16 to 24 year olds were unemployed in each quarter since 1997; and what the employment rate in each category was in the same period. (201004)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 April 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) UK and (b) UK born 16 to 24 year olds were unemployed in each quarter since 1997; and what was the employment rate in each category in the same period. [201004]

The attached table gives estimates of the number of unemployed people and the employment rate for the categories requested for the three month periods ending June and December each year from 1997 to 2007, derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Comparable estimates for 1998 and 2000 are not available.

It should be noted that the estimate provided is weighted to population estimates consistent with those published in 2003. Reweighted analyses using the latest population estimates, published in summer 2007, will available from 14 May 2008.

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

ILO unemployment1 level and employment rate2 of people aged 16 to 24. by country of birth, three months ending June and December, 1997 to 2007—United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Total UK

UK born

Unemployment level (thousand)

Employment rate (percentage)

Unemployment level (thousand)l

Employment rate (percentage)

1997

Q2

631

61

594

62

Q4

571

63

529

64

1998

Q2

3

3

3

3

Q4

3

3

3

3

1999

Q2

548

61

517

62

Q4

530

64

490

65

2000

Q2

3

3

3

3

Q4

3

3

3

3

2001

Q2

478

62

445

63

Q4

544

63

501

64

2002

Q2

498

61

461

62

Q4

546

63

504

64

2003

Q2

520

60

474

61

Q4

526

62

487

63

2004

Q2

517

60

476

61

Q4

565

61

512

63

2005

Q2

550

59

499

60

Q4

622

58

560

60

2006

Q2

630

57

568

58

Q4

648

59

576

60

2007

Q2

648

56

574

57

Q4

638

58

576

60

1 Number of unemployed people measured using the internationally agreed definition recommended by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

2 Number of people aged 16 to 24 in employment as a percentage of all 16 to 24-year-old people.

3 Data unavailable.

Notes:

1. It should be noted that the estimates:

exclude certain people who have been resident in the UK for less than six months.

exclude students in halls of residence who do not have a UK resident parent.

exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.).

are grossed to population estimates that only include migrants staying 12 months or more.

are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates as used in the Labour Market Statistics First Release.

2. Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000.

Source:

Labour Force Survey (LFS)