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House of Commons Hansard
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Unemployment: Rural Areas
23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the rate of (a) unemployment and (b) youth unemployment was in rural areas in (i) England and (ii) Wales in each of the last 10 years. [323315]

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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 (a) unemployment and (b) youth unemployment was in rural areas in (i) England and (ii) Wales in each of the last 10 years. (323315)

The available information is provided in the attached table. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). A breakdown between rural and urban areas is not available from the LFS prior to 2005.

As with any sample survey, the estimates provided are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Number of people unemployed in rural1 areas by country: Three month period ending December, 2005 to 2009, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

All aged 16 and over

All aged 16 to 24

England

Wales

England

Wales

2005

173

25

79

9

2006

173

20

65

7

2007

163

19

69

8

2008

201

27

80

15

20092

**261

***38

***86

****15

1 For England and Wales rural areas comprise villages, hamlets and isolated dwellings.

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:

Labour Force Survey

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.)