Unemployment: Leeds

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th March 2010.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of people in Leeds North West constituency aged (a) between 16 and 18 and (b) between 19 and 24 years have not been in education, employment or training in each year since 1997.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Estimates are available at local education authority (LEA) level for 16 to 24-year-olds(1) not in education, employment or training (NEET), using the Annual Population Survey (APS). These are given from 2000 to 2008 in table 1. Due to small sample sizes we are unable to produce reliable estimates for geographies smaller than LEA, or for small age groups from the APS. Due to incomplete data, estimates are not available prior to 2000.

Please note that the estimates in table 1 are subject to large sampling variability and should therefore be treated with caution and viewed in conjunction with their confidence intervals(2) (CIs), which indicate how accurate an estimate is. For example, a CI of +/-3.0 percentage points (pp) means that the true value is between 3.0 pp above the estimate and 3.0 pp below the estimate.

We are able to provide estimates for 16 to 18-year-olds NEET from records maintained by Connexions services. Table 2 shows the number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training in Leeds local authority from 2006 to 2008. These data are not directly comparable with the figures given in table 1 or the annual estimate of the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET in England published annually by DCSF. Connexions data are not available at this level of detail for years before 2006.

Reliable estimates cannot be provided at parliamentary constituency level for any age grouping from either this data or other sources. No data are available at local authority level for 19 to 24-year-olds.

(1) Age used is the respondents academic age, which is defined as their age at the preceding 31 August.

(2) Those given are 95 per cent. confidence intervals.

Table 1: People aged 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training in Leeds LEA
Number Percentage Confidence intervals
2000 6,000 7.4 +/-3.0
2001 9,000 9.9 +/-3.3
2002 7,000 8.0 +/-3.0
2003 10,000 10.3 +/-3.3
2004 11,000 10.2 +/-3.3
2005 19,000 15.2 +/-3.8
2006 11,000 9.7 +/-3.3
2007 16,000 13.1 +/-3.6
2008 20,000 15.5 +/-3.7

Data for 2000 to 2003 are from the Annual Local Area Labour Force Survey, the predecessor to the Annual Population Survey, and covers the period from March of the given year to the following February.


Annual Population Survey

Table 2: People aged 16 to 18 not in education, employment or training in Leeds LA
Number Percentage
2006 2,170 9.1
2007 2,380 10.0
2008 2,320 9.5

1. Estimates are an average of the figures provided to Connexions at the end of November, December and January. They include all young people known to Connexions who were aged 16, 17 or 18 on these dates.

2. The number of 16 to 18-year-olds known to Connexions includes those whose education establishment is located in the local authority area, regardless of where the young person resides.

3. 16 to 18-year-olds known to be undertaking a gap year, or in custody, are not recorded by Connexions as NEET.

4. The number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET have been adjusted to assume a proportion of those whose current activity is not known are NEET.

5. The figures above cannot be compared with DCSF's headline measure of proportion of young people NEET. The headline measure uses a range of data from different sources to estimate the proportion of the population that is NEET, and relate to the young person's academic age.

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