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Unemployment: Young People

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged 16 to 24 years in each region (a) in total and (b) per 100,000 population were unemployed in (i) last quarter for which figures are available and (ii) the same quarter of the previous year, in rank order from highest to lowest. (254173)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people aged 16 to 24 years in each region (a) in total and (b) per 100,000 population were unemployed in (i) last quarter for which figures are available and (ii) the same quarter of the previous year, in rank order from highest to lowest. 254173

The requested information is shown in the attached table. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

The figures in the table are derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. Consequently the estimates from Q3 2006 are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Unemployed people aged 16-24, by region, three month period ending September, 2007 and 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

Region

20081

2007

North West

**120

106

London

**116

104

South East

**96

98

Yorkshire and Humberside

**95

68

West Midlands

**82

85

East Midlands

***69

66

Eastern

***63

72

Scotland

***55

60

South West

***52

53

North East

***50

40

Wales

***49

38

Northern Ireland

****—

Total

*864

806

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Unemployed people per 100,000 population aged 16-24, by region, three month period ending September, 2007 and 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

Region

2008

2007

North East

15

12

Yorkshire and Humberside

14

10

North West

14

12

Wales

13

11

East Midlands

13

12

London

13

12

West Midlands

13

13

South East

10

11

Eastern

10

12

Scotland

9

10

South West

9

9

Northern Ireland

Total

12

11

Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described 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% 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 and have not been provided

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.)

Source:

Labour Force Survey