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Employment: Hemel Hempstead

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many (a) men and (b) women were in employment in Hemel Hempstead constituency in May in each year since 1997; (289440)

(2) how many people in Hemel Hempstead constituency have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than two years;

(3) how many and what proportion of young people aged between 18 and 24 years old resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum and (c) Hertfordshire claimed jobseeker's allowance in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) 2009 to date.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many (a) men and (b) women were in employment in Hemel Hempstead constituency in May in each year since 1997; how many people in Hemel Hempstead constituency have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than two years; and how many and what proportion of young people aged between 18 and 24 years old resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum and (c) Hertfordshire claimed jobseeker's allowance in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) 2009 to date. (289440,289439 and 289614)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. Monthly estimates are not available. Table 1 shows the number of men and women resident in Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency who were in employment in each year since 1997.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. The number of persons claiming JSA in June 2009 for more than 2 years was 10.

Table 2 shows the number and percentage of 18 to 24 year olds claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the requested areas. Percentages are not available for the Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency.

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 of persons resident in Hemel Hempstead in employment

Thousand

12 months ending

Male

Female

February 1998

26

22

February 1999

27

24

February 2000

25

23

February 2001

28

24

February 2002

27

23

February 2003

28

28

February 2004

27

29

December 2004

27

26

December 2005

27

24

December 2006

29

21

December 2007

29

25

December 20081

***27

***26

1 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 and Annual Labour Force Survey

Table 2: Number and percentage of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseeker’s allowance

Hemel Hempstead

Dacorum

Hertfordshire

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2004

June

255

300

3.0

1,870

2.4

July

240

290

2.9

2,030

2.6

August

290

345

3.5

2,205

2.8

September

285

340

3.5

2,165

2.8

October

280

330

3.4

1,960

2.5

November

270

325

3.3

1,925

2.4

December

245

290

2.9

1,885

2.4

2005

January

265

315

3.2

2,155

2.7

February

275

325

3.3

2,245

2.8

March

280

340

3.4

2,330

2.9

April

275

330

3.3

2,285

2.9

May

290

350

3.5

2,250

2.8

June

285

335

3.4

2,185

2.7

July

305

365

3.7

2,375

3.®

August

340

410

4.1

2,565

3.2

September

330

405

4.1

2,560

3.2

October

315

370

3.7

2,390

3.0

November

310

365

3.7

2,335

2.9

December

270

330

3.3

2,225

2.8

2006

January

310

385

3.8

2,415

3.0

February

360

435

4.4

2,745

3.4

March

370

450

4.5

2,805

3.4

April

370

435

4.4

2,690

3.3

May

350

420

4.2

2,580

3.2

June

345

405

4.1

2,560

3.1

July

345

425

4.2

2,820

3.5

August

345

420

4.2

2,965

3.6

September

345

425

4.3

2,980

3.7

October

350

435

4.4

2,870

3.5

November

340

420

4.2

2,720

3.3

December

290

350

3.5

2,395

2.9

2007

January

320

390

3.8

2,565

3.1

February

340

410

4.0

2,710

3.2

March

345

400

3.9

2,675

3.2

April

310

360

3.5

2,465

2.9

May

320

370

3.6

2,445

2.9

June

315

350

3.4

2,340

2.8

July

300

335

3.3

2,390

2.9

August

315

355

3.5

2,520

3.0

September

275

315

3.1

2,360

2.8

October

250

285

2.8

2,245

2.7

November

235

270

2.6

2,060

2.5

December

215

250

2.4

1,895

2.3

2008

January

240

280

2.8

2,045

2.4

February

275

315

3.1

2,265

2.7

March

275

325

3.2

2,280

2.7

April

265

315

3.1

2,175

2.6

May

245

285

2.8

2,120

2.5

June

270

305

3.0

2,130

2.5

July

305

345

3.4

2,380

2.8

August

355

400

3.9

2,750

3.3

September

365

415

4.0

2,860

3.4

October

360

420

4.1

2,895

3.5

November

340

405

4.0

2,960

3.5

December

320

380

3.7

3,165

3.8

2009

January

390

470

4.6

3,590

4.3

February

515

625

6.1

4,630

5.5

March

575

690

6.7

4,885

5.8

April

580

690

6.7

4,990

6.0

May

590

705

6.9

4,925

5.9

June

555

655

6.4

4,820

5.8

Note:

Numbers rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system