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Unemployment: Leeds

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of unemployment in Leeds, North-West constituency was in each year since 1997. (319604)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the level of unemployment in Leeds, North-West constituency was in each year since 1997. (319604)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LPS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of unemployment for the Leeds, North-West constituency are unavailable.

As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for the Leeds, North-West constituency for January 2010 and January of each year since 1997.

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 Leeds, North-West parliamentary constituency claiming jobseeker’s allowance

January each year

Number

1997

2,167

1998

1,743

1999

1,505

2000

1,310

2001

1,061

2002

1,054

2003

1,133

2004

989

2005

917

2006

1,042

2007

1,034

2008

964

2009

1,640

2010

2,111

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system