Employment Statistics (Preston)

Treasury written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Preston in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. Mark Hendrick, dated 4 May 2004

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about job vacancies in Preston. I am replying in his absence. (169682)

According to Jobcentre Plus administrative records the number of unfilled vacancies in the Preston travel-to-work area was 2558 on average during 1997. This represents only a proportion of all the vacancies available, as not all vacancies are notified to Jobcentres.

Jobcentre vacancy statistics were withdrawn from National Statistics in September 2001 as a result of distortions to the data, which occurred following the introduction of new administrative procedures by Jobcentre Plus. Comparable figures for vacancies in 2003 are therefore unavailable.

Results from the ONS Vacancy Survey were released as National Statistics from July 2003, but are not available for local areas.

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