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Employment: York

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were in employment in the City of York in each of the last 15 years. (257975)

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 Question about how many people were in employment in the City of York in each of the last 15 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) and following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

The following table shows the number of people, aged 16 and over, resident in the City of York constituency, who were in employment in each of the last 15 years. Estimates are provided for the 12 months ending in February from 1995, the earliest period for which estimates are available, to 2004, from the annual LFS, and for the 12 months ending in March from 2005 to 2008, from the APS. An estimate for July 2007 to June 2008 has also been provided, the most recent twelve months for which data are available.

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.

People in employment1 in City of York Constituency

£000

12 months ending

Employment

February

1995

44

1996

51

1997

44

1998

45

1999

48

2000

45

2001

51

2002

51

2003

54

2004

53

March

2005

55

2006

56

2007

57

2008

58

June

20082

**59

1 Levels of employment 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) (%) Statistical robustness

* 0 = CV [le] 5 Estimates are considered precise.

** 5 = CV [le] 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise.

*** 10 = CV [le] 20 Estimates are considered acceptable.

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

Source:

Annual Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey.