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Unemployment: Fife

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people living in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife were unemployed in each of the last 12 months. (228017)

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) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife were unemployed in each of the last 12 months. (228017)

The Office for National Statistics compiles unemployment statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies using the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions, and for Local Authorities using model based estimates.

The APS and model based estimates are available only 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 attached shows the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance resident in Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and Fife 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 (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife

Thousand

12 months ending:

Dunfermline and West Fife

Fife

September 2007

3

11

December 20072

****2

***11

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 Guide to Quality below.

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)(percentage) 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/Model based estimates.

Table 2: Number of persons claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife

Dunfermline and West Fife

Fife

October 2007

1,282

5,620

November 2007

1,301

5,613

December 2007

1,318

5,729

January 2008

1,422

6,159

February 2008

1,487

6,386

March 2008

1,459

6,246

April 2008

1,454

6,128

May 2008

1,443

6,104

June 2008

1,488

6,203

July 2008

1,566

6,642

August 2008

1,678

7,044

September 2008

1,587

6,635

Source:

Job Centre Plus Administrative System