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Unemployment: Young People

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years were unemployed in (a) Braintree constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each year since 1997; (264443)

(2) what proportion of those claiming jobseeker's allowance in (a) Braintree constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England were female in each of the last five years.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated March 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people aged 16-24 were unemployed in (a) Braintree constituency (b) Essex and (c) England in each year since 1997; and what proportion of those claiming Jobseeker's allowance in (a) Braintree constituency (b) Essex and (c) England were female in each of the last 5 years. (264443, 264445)

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

Table 1 shows the number of people aged 16-24, resident in Braintree constituency, Essex and England who were unemployed in each year since 1997. Estimates for Braintree parliamentary constituency and for Essex, for the majority of the periods requested, can be derived from APS and annual LFS at the level of geography requested. However, due to the small sample sizes at this level of detail, the estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes and have not been provided.

Estimates for July 2007 to June 2008 have also been provided as this is the most recent for which figures are available.

Table 2 shows the percentage of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance who were female in January of each of the last five years for the geographies requested.

Table 1. Number of unemployed persons aged 16-24 resident in Braintree constituency, Essex and England

Thousand

12 months ending:

Essex

England

February 1998

504

February 1999

468

February 2000

448

February 2001

435

February 2002

417

February 2003

14

449

February 2004

455

March 2005

460

March 2006

522

March 2007

564

March 2008

553

June 20081

***14

*563

‘—’ = Figures are disclosive or statistically unreliable.

1Coefficients 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<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/Annual Labour Force Survey

Table 2: Percentage of persons claiming jobseeker's allowance who were female

Percentage

As at January each year

Braintree

Essex

England

2004

33

29

25

2005

31

29

26

2006

32

29

26

2007

30

29

27

2008

32

30

27

2009

28

28

26

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative data