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Unemployment: South Yorkshire

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the unemployment rate among the working age population in (a) Barnsley, (b) Doncaster and (c) South Yorkshire was in each of the last five years. (282792)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated June 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the unemployment rate among the working age population in (a) Barnsley, (b) Doncaster and (c) South Yorkshire was in each of the last five years. (282792)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and unemployment statistics for unitary and local authorities from a statistical model, following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

Table I shows the unemployment rate for people resident in Barnsley, Doncaster and South Yorkshire in each of the last five years. The latest period for which data are available is October 2007 to September 2008. Unemployment rates are normally provided for people aged 16 and over, rather than people of working age, thus estimates provided are consistent with this definition.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment and unemployment are available from the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1. Unemployment rates1 for people resident in Barnsley, Doncaster and South Yorkshire

Unemployment rate (percentage)

12-month period

Barnsley2

Doncaster2

South Yorkshire

January to December 2004

4.5

4.8

5.4

January to December 2005

4.9

5.2

5.2

January to December 2006

5.9

6.1

7.1

January to December 2007

5.7

6.1

5.8

October 2007 to September 2008

6.4

6.9

6.9

1 Number of unemployed people aged 16 and over as a percentage of the economically active population. 2 Model based estimates. Source: Annual Population Survey and Model Based Estimates.