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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
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.
|12 months ending||Rochdale unitary |
|North west region|
(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.