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Unemployment

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people in (a) Glasgow East constituency and (b) the UK are unemployed. (321879)

The information 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 how many and what proportion of people in (a) Glasgow East constituency and (b) the UK are unemployed. (321879)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics in line with International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS). However, due to the small sample size, no reasonable estimate is available for Glasgow East.

As an alternative, in table 1, we have provided the number and proportion of persons, of working age, claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), in January 2010, for (a) Glasgow East constituency and (b) the United Kingdom, from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system.

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: Number and proportion of persons, of working age, claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in Glasgow East parliamentary constituency and the United Kingdom

Not seasonally adjusted

Glasgow East1

United Kingdom2

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

January 2010

4,022

7.2

1,654,025

4.3

1. Proportions for constituencies in Scotland, from 2007 onwards, are calculated using the mid-2006 resident working age population.

2. Proportions for regions and countries from 2009 onwards are calculated using the mid-2008 resident working age population. This is different from the headline claimant count figures which are seasonally adjusted and use a denominator based on workforce jobs and claimant count to calculate the claimant count rate.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System