Labour Statistics

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in (a) Rochdale and (b) the North West in (i) 1997 and (ii)2004; and what percentage were (A) female and (B)male.

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 Lorna Fitzsimons, dated 22 February 2005

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about unemployment. (217300)

The attached table gives estimates of the number and percentage of unemployed people who were resident in Rochdale and the North West, for the 12-month periods ending February 1997 and 2004.

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

Unemployment among residents of Rochdale UA and theNorth West,12 months ending February 1997 and 2004
12 months ending Rochdale unitary


North west region
February Level Percent(14) Level Percent(14)
Total unemployed 7,000 100 246,000 100
Male 5,000 72.5 157,000 64.1
Female 2,000 27.5 88,000 35.9
Total unemployed 6,000 100 155,000 100
Male 4,000 61.6 95,000 61.6
Female 2,000 38.4 59,000 38.4

(13)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.


ONS-Labour Force Survey

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