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Unemployment (Brent, East)

Treasury written question – answered on 24th July 2006.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were (a) unemployed and (b) long-term unemployed in (i) Brent, East and (ii) Brent in each year since 1997.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 July 2006:

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

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions. The number of unemployed, resident in the Brent East Parliamentary Constituency was provided in Table 1 of an Answer on 11th July 2006 (Hansard column 1726W, reference 79828) up to the 12 months ending December 2004. The number of long-term unemployed was given in Table 3 of the same Answer. Table 1 attached shows more recent information from the APS. Table 2, attached, shows corresponding data for people resident in the London borough of Brent.

These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). Data for all claimants resident in the Brent East constituency was provided in Table 6 of the above Answer and the number of long-term claimants (over 12 months) was given in Table 8 of the previous Answer. Table 3, attached, shows corresponding data for the London borough of Brent.

Table 1: Number of unemployed persons, aged 16 and over, resident in Brent East Parliamentary constituency
Thousand
12 months ending Number of unemployed Long-term unemployed( 1)
March 2005 3 1
December 2005 3 (2)
(1) Over 12 months. (2) Sample size too small to provide estimate. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual Population Survey
Table 2: Number of unemployed persons, aged 16 and over, resident in the London borough of Brent
Thousand
12 months ending Number of unemployed Long-term unemployed( 1)
February 1998 15 n/a
February 1999 15 4
February 2000 10 4
February 2001 12 3
February 2002 12 3
February 2003 13 3
February 2004 9 2
March 2005 10 3
December 2005 11 3
(1) Over 12 months. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey
Table 3: Claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance resident in the London borough of Brent
All claimants Long-term claimants( 1,2)
1997 12,893 5,200
1998 10,463 3,640
1999 9,080 2,840
2000 7,691 2,235
2001 6,885 1,605
2002 8,046 1,790
2003 8,383 2,065
2004 8,133 2,215
2005 7,680 1,765
(1) Computerised claims only. Dataset rounded to nearest 5 (2) Over 12 months. Source: Jobcentre Plus administrative data held on Nomis®

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