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Unemployment: Suffolk

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of households in Suffolk had no one in full-time employment in each of the last five years. (209388)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 June 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many and what proportion of households in Suffolk have no-one in full-time employment in each of the last 5 years. (209388)

Estimates in the attached table are provided from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets for the April-June quarter to be consistent with those published in the “Work and worklessness among households” First Release, which is available on the web at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/work0807.pdf

The households 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.

Estimates are based on working age households, which are households that include 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.

Number and proportion of working-age1 households in Suffolk where no-one is in full-time employment 2003-07, April to June of each year

Levels (Thousand)

Percentage2

2003

36

21

2004

34

20

2005

31

17

2006

44

21

2007

50

24

1 A working-age household is a household that includes at least one person of working age, that is a woman aged 16-59 or a man aged 16-64. 2 In calculating percentages, households with unknown economic status have been excluded. Note:1.Estimates are weighted to the 2003 population estimates. 2. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Source: LFS household datasets.