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Employment: Wales

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in each parliamentary constituency in Wales in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, ranked in order of percentage change in the number employed. (205301)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people were employed in each parliamentary constituency in Wales in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, each constituency being ranked in order of percentage change in the number employed. [205301]

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 estimates of the total number of employed, for Welsh parliamentary constituencies. Estimates are obtained for the 12 month period ending in February 1997 from the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS). For the 12 month period ending March 2007 estimates have been provided from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

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.

Table 1: number of people employed age 16+ in Welsh parliamentary constituencies 1997 and 2007

12 months ending

February 1997(Thousand)

March 2007 (Thousand)

Percentage change between 1997 and 2007

Caernarfon

24

33

38

Delyn

26

33

31

Ynys-Mon

23

30

29

Clwyd West

26

34

29

Vale of Clwyd

23

29

27

Vale of Glamorgan

37

45

21

Wrexham

28

34

21

Swansea West

25

30

22

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

28

34

20

Aberavon

22

26

19

Clwyd South

30

35

18

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

25

29

17

Islwyn

25

29

16

Caerphilly

33

38

16

Llanelli

27

31

14

Bridgend

33

37

14

Newport East

32

36

13

Swansea East

31

35

13

Cardiff North

39

44

11

Preseli Pembrokeshire

30

33

10

Cynon Valley

22

25

11

Rhondda

26

29

9

Ceredigion

31

33

9

Pontypridd

40

43

8

Gower

32

35

7

Blaenau Gwent

26

28

7

Newport West

34

37

6

Brecon and Radnorshire

30

32

6

Monmouth

36

38

6

Montgomeryshire

28

29

6

Cardiff West

35

36

2

Conwy

28

28

0

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

29

29

-2

Alyn and Deeside

42

41

-2

Cardiff Central

35

34

-2

Cardiff South and Penarth

37

36

-3

Neath

32

30

-6

Torfaen

38

36

-6

Ogmore

34

28

-20

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy

20

15

-22

Source:

Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey