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Unemployment

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what proportion of households included no-one in full-time employment (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local authority and (iii) region; (203278)

(2) how many and what proportion of people lived in households with no-one in full-time employment (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local authority and (iii) region.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your two parliamentary questions. The first asks how many and what proportion of households included no-one in full-time employment (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local authority and (iii) region (203278). The second asks how many and what proportion of people lived in households where no-one was in full time employment (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local authority and (iii) region (203279).

Estimates in the attached tables are provided from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). There is currently no annual household dataset, so the figures are given for the April-June quarter to be consistent with those published in the 'Work and worklessness among households' First Release (see web link

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/work0807.pdf).

A copy of the tables has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Data for English and Welsh parliamentary constituencies has been provided for 1999 as data are not available for 1997. Data for Scottish parliamentary constituencies are only available for 2007.

The household datasets (like the main quarterly LFS microdatasets) are weighted to the population estimates published by ONS in February and March 2003. They do not incorporate the more recent population estimates used in the headline LFS series.

Figures for households are based on working age households. A working-age household is a household that includes at least one person of working-age, that is a woman aged 16 to 59 or a man aged 16 to 64.

The LFS is a sample survey covering over 52,000 households in the United Kingdom in each three month period. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.