Labour Statistics

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Geraldine Smith Geraldine Smith Labour, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment has been in Morecambe and Lunesdale in each year since 1997.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Ms Geraldine Smith, 22 February 2005

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about unemployment. (216768)

Table 1 gives estimates of the numbers of unemployed people who were resident in Morecambe and Lunesdale Parliamentary Constituency, for the 12-month periods ending February 1997 to 2004, the latest period for which figures are available.

These estimates from Labour Force Survey are, as with any sample survey, subject to sampling variability.

The Office for National Statistics also compiles statistics of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance who are resident in local areas. Table 2 gives the annual average number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants resident in the Morecambe and Lunesdale Parliamentary Constituency for the years 1997 to 2004.

Table 1: Unemployed people resident in Morecambe and Lunesdale parliamentary constituency
12 months ending February Number
1997 4,000
1998 3,000
1999 4,000
2000 4,000
2001 4,000
2002 4,000
2003 2,000
2004 2,000


These estimates are based on very small sample sizes and are subject to a very high degree of sampling variability. Changes from year to year, especially, should be treated with caution.


ONSLabour Force Survey

Table 2: JSA claimants resident in Morecambe and Lunesdale parliamentary constituency
Annual average Claimants
1997 2,695
1998 2,306
1999 2,162
2000 1,926
2001 1,765
2002 1,592
2003 1,573
2004 1,342


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