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Unemployment: Cumbria

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people living in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) Cumbria were unemployed in each of the last 12 months. (227841)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people living in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) Cumbria were unemployed in each of the last 12 months. (227841)

The Office for National Statistics compiles unemployment statistics for local areas using the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

The APS estimates for Westmorland and Lonsdale and Cumbria are only available for rolling 4 quarter periods. The latest available estimates cover the 12 months ending September 2007 and December 2007 and are provided in Table 1.

Table 2 gives the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance resident in Westmorland and Lonsdale and Cumbria for each of the last twelve months.

These figures along with a wide range of other labour market data for parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are also published on the Office for National Statistics' Nomis® website:

www.nomisweb.co.uk.

Table 1: Number of persons unemployed1 resident in Westmorland and Lonsdale and Cumbria

Thousand

12 months ending

Westmorland and Lonsdale

Cumbria

September 2007

2

11

December 20072

****2

****9

1 Levels of unemployment are provided for persons aged 16 and over. The figures presented are weighted to population estimates published in 2007

2 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See following Guide to Quality.

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical Robustness

* 0 = CV< 5 Estimates are considered precise

** 5 = CV < 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise

*** 10 = CV < 20 Estimates are considered acceptable

**** CV 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

Source:

Annual Population Survey

Table 2: Number of persons claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in Westmorland and Lonsdale and Cumbria

Westmorland and Lonsdale

Cumbria

October 2007

251

4,629

November 2007

245

4,586

December 2007

236

4,585

January 2007

261

5,009

February 2007

296

5,115

March 2007

294

5,006

April 2007

288

4,972

May 2007

263

4,838

June 2007

269

4,788

July 2007

291

4,996

August 2007

302

5,217

September 2007

298

5,286

Source:

Job Centre Plus Administrative System