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Unemployment: Kent

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of youth unemployment in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each quarter since January 2005; (290872)

(2) what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of economic inactivity in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each quarter since January 2005.

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 8 September, 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of youth unemployment in Folkestone and Hythe constituency was in each quarter from January 2005 to date; and what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of economic inactivity in Folkestone and Hythe constituency was in each quarter from January 2005 to date. (290872 and 290873)

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

However, estimates of unemployment of 18-24 year olds resident in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency are not available. As an alternative in Table 1 we have provided the number and percentage of 18-24 year olds claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in each month since January 2005.

Table 2 shows the number and percentage of persons of working age who were economically inactive resident in the Folkestone and Hythe parliamentary constituency. The latest period for which data are available is January 2008 to December 2008.

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number and percentage of persons aged 18-24 claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency

Number1

Percentage2

January 2005

420

5.6

February 2005

450

6.0

March 2005

475

6.4

April 2005

470

6.3

May 2005

420

5.6

June 2005

400

5.4

July 2005

390

5.3

August 2005

395

5.3

September 2005

430

5.8

October 2005

405

5.5

November 2005

400

5.4

December 2005

425

5.7

January 2006

440

6.0

February 2006

495

6.7

March 2006

480

6.5

April 2006

465

6.3

May 2006

470

6.3

June 2006

480

6.5

July 2006

485

6.6

August 2006

470

6.3

September 2006

490

6.6

October 2006

500

6.7

November 2006

480

6.5

December 2006

495

6.7

January 2007

500

6.7

February 2007

515

6.9

March 2007

525

7.1

April 2007

510

6.9

May 2007

490

6.6

June 2007

445

6.0

July 2007

465

6.3

August 2007

470

6.4

September 2007

425

5.8

October 2007

400

5.4

November 2007

360

4.9

December 2007

355

4.8

January 2008

365

4.9

February 2008

390

5.3

March 2008

385

5.2

April 2008

390

5.3

May 2008

400

5.4

June 2008

375

5.1

July 2008

365

4.9

August 2008

400

5.4

September 2008

415

5.6

October 2008

445

6.0

November 2008

495

6.7

December 2008

545

7.3

January 2009

615

8.3

February 2009

695

9.4

March 2009

720

9.7

April 2009

695

9.4

May 2009

655

8.9

June 2009

620

8.4

July 2009

595

8.0

1 Figures rounded to nearest five

2 Percentages are calculated using mid-2005 18-24 year old population estimates

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative sources

Table 2: Number and percentage of economically inactive persons of working age1 resident in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency

Number (thousand)

Percentage

12 months ending

December 2005

13

22.5

March 2006

13

22.1

June 2006

12

21.2

September 2006

12

21.1

December 2006

11

20.0

March 2007

10

17.8

June 2007

12

21.0

September 2007

11

19.2

December 2007

9

16.2

March 2008

10

17.0

June 2008

8

14.8

September 2008

10

17.9

December 20082

***12

20.8

1 Working age is defined as Males aged 16-64, Females aged 16-59

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≤ 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