The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician, to Lord Hanningfield, dated June 2008.
As the National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people were unemployed and what percentages these represented in (a) Elsenham (b) Stansted Mountfitchet (c) Uttlesford district, (d) the Saffron Walden constituency, and (e) Essex.
The Office for National Statistics produces estimates of total unemployment for unitary and local authorities, from a statistical model, and for other local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS), following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Table 1 shows estimates for Essex obtained from the APS for the 12 months ending in December 2007, which is the most recent period for which estimates are available. Estimates for the Saffron Walden constituency for this period are suppressed due to the small sample size. The table also shows model-based estimates of the total number of unemployed and the unemployment rate for Uttlesford district. Corresponding estimates for local government wards and small geographic areas such as Elsenham and Stansted Mountfitchet are not available.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
|Unemployment1 in Essex, Uttlesford district and the Saffron Walden constituency, 12 months ending December 2007|
|Unemployed (thousands)||Rate %2|
|Source: annual population survey and model-based estimates|
1. Persons aged 16+
2. Unemployed as a percentage of the economically active population. Disclosive or estimate is not available.