Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

Treasury written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there was in unemployment rates for (a) white, (b) mixed Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) other Asian, (f) Black Caribbean, (g) Black African and (h) other ethnic groups in each year for which figures are available.

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 13 March 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the unemployment rates for (a) white, (b) mixed Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi (e) other Asian, (f) Black Caribbean, (g) Black African and (h) other ethnic groups for which figures are available. (126133)

The table overleaf gives the unemployment rates by ethnicity. These rates are not seasonally adjusted. They are published each quarter in Table 10 of the Labour Market Statistics Historical Quarterly Supplement available on the ONS website:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/LFSHQS/Tablel0.xls

Comparable estimates are not available for 1998 and 2000, and Q1 (January-March) and Q3 (July-September) for the years 1997-2004.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. This is particularly true for the unemployment rates of some ethnic groups.

Unemployment rates( 1) by ethnicity( 2, 3, ) from 1997 to 2006, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Percentage
All origins White Indian( 4) Pakistani Bangladeshi Other Asian
1997 Q1 7
Q2 7 7 8 23 19 (5)
Q3 7
Q4 6 6 9 17 24 14
1999 Q1 6
Q2 6 6 9 15 21 13
Q3 6
Q4 6 5 7 15 22 12
2001 Q1 5
Q2 5 4 8 18 20 11
Q3 5
Q4 5 5 8 14 26 8
2002 Q1 5
Q2 5 5 6 11 21 9
Q3 6
Q4 5 5 7 15 (5) 11
2003 Q1 5
Q2 5 4 7 14 23 10
Q3 5
Q4 5 4 8 13 18 11
2004 Q1 5
Q2 5 4 6 14 15 10
Q3 5
Q4 5 4 6 12 17 8
2005 Q1 5 4 5 13 17 7
Q2 5 4 6 12 17 7
Q3 5 4 9 14 16 9
Q4 5 5 6 14 19 10
2006 Q1 5 5 7 14 18 12
Q2 5 5 7 14 20 10
Q3 6 5 9 15 14 7
Q4 5 5 7 15 16 9
Percentage
Black Caribbean Black African Other Black Chinese Mixed Other
1997 Q1
Q2 16 23 (5) (5) 12 (5)
Q3
Q4 15 24 (5) (5) 14 (5)
1999 Q1
Q2 13 16 (5) (5) 13 13
Q3
Q4 14 17 (5) (5) 12 12
2001 Q1
Q2 13 14 (5) (5) 9 10
Q3
Q4 12 14 (5) (5) 15 10
2002 Q1
Q2 11 15 (5) (5) 14 11
Q3
Q4 14 13 (5) (5) 19 12
2003 Q1
Q2 13 14 (5) (5) 11 14
Q3
Q4 12 12 (5) (5) 13 13
2004 Q1
Q2 11 13 (5) (5) 13 10
Q3
Q4 10 13 (5) 9 11 11
2005 Q1 12 13 (5) 9 10 10
Q2 11 14 (5) 8 12 9
Q3 12 13 (5) (5) 12 10
Q4 12 13 (5) 9 13 11
2006 Q1 12 12 (5) (5) 14 14
Q2 12 13 (5) (5) 12 13
Q3 15 15 (5) (5) 13 12
Q4 14 14 (5) 11 14 11
(1 )Total unemployed as a percentage of all economically active persons. (2) This table uses the National Statistics standard classification of ethnic groups. (3) This table does not include people who did not state their ethnic group. (4) Includes mixed Indian. (5) Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Note: Comparable estimates are not currently available for 1998 and 2000 and for quarters one and quarter three until 2005. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS).

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