Unemployment: Young People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 7th February 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 years there were in each region in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of young people this represented in each such month.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated February 2011:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many unemployed young people aged 16-25 years there were in each region in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of young people this represented in each such month. (38577)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

Table 1 shows the levels and proportions of young people aged 16-24 years who were unemployed and resident in each government office region. Data has been provided for the most recent APS period, July 2009 to June 2010. APS proportions have been calculated using 16-24 economically active population.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Because the APS only provides an annual figure additionally Table 2 shows the number and proportions of young people aged 16 to 24 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance resident in each government office region during the last 12 months up to the latest period available in December 2010. JSA proportions have been calculated using 16-24 resident population.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1 Number and proportions of people aged 16 to 24 unemployed in each government office region
July 2009 to June 2010
Level (thousand) Proportion (%)
North East **47 14.4
North West *115 13.4
Yorkshire and The Humber **87 12.7
East Midlands **66 12.1
West Midlands **87 13.3
East **74 11.7
London **119 13.2
South East **99 10.4
South West **67 11.3
Wales *50 13.7
Scotland *76 12.4
Northern Ireland ***23 10.2
Note:

Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.

Guide to Quality :

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV-for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key:

* 0 ≤ CV<5%-Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise

** 5 ≤ CV <10%-Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise

*** 10 ≤ CV <20%-Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable

**** CV ≥ 20%-Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

CV = Coefficient of Variation

Source:

Annual Population Survey

Table 2 Number and proportions (%) of people aged 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in each Government office region
North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber East Midlands West midlands East
2010 Level % Level % Level % Level % Level % Level %
January 28,085 8.4 64,395 7.4 51,145 7.3 36,490 6.6 56,895 8.6 35,180 5.5
February 27,950 8.4 64,820 7.4 52,175 7.4 37,145 6.7 57,385 8.6 35,930 5.7
March 26,800 8.0 61,925 7.1 50,015 7.1 35,715 6.5 55,040 8.3 34,750 5.5
April 25,050 7.5 58,580 6.7 47,690 6.8 33,370 6.1 51,405 7.7 33,135 5.2
May 23,590 7.1 55,195 6.3 45,220 6.4 30,945 5.6 47,745 7.2 30,380 4.8
June 22,995 6.9 52,610 6.0 42,065 6.0 28,820 5.2 45,210 6.8 28,360 4.5
July 23,320 7.0 53,495 6.1 42,480 6.0 29,120 5.3 45,695 6.9 29,160 4.6
August 24,040 7.2 55,505 6.4 43,430 6.2 29,775 5.4 46,900 7.1 30,510 4.8
September 25,065 7.5 56,095 6.4 43,795 6.2 30,045 5.5 47,775 7.2 30,480 4.8
October 24,980 7.5 54,780 6.3 42,900 6.1 29,100 5.3 46,455 7.0 30,110 4.7
November 24,430 7.3 53,070 6.1 41,935 6.0 28,255 5.1 45,490 6.9 28,950 4.6
December 24,375 7.3 51,580 5.9 42,065 6.0 28,635 5.2 45,140 6.8 28,250 4.4
London South East South West Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
2010 Level % Level % Level % Level % Level % Level %
January 54,920 6.0 45,500 4.7 28,920 4.8 28,475 7.6 42,795 6.9 17,715 7.6
February 56,250 6.2 45,990 4.8 29,455 4.8 28,960 7.7 44,335 7.1 17,990 7.7
March 54,935 6.0 44,085 4.6 27,930 4.6 27,875 7.5 43,335 7.0 17,805 7.7
April 51,605 5.7 41,395 4.3 25,375 4.2 26,190 7.0 40,885 6.6 17,210 7.4
May 49,265 5.4 37,255 3.9 22,990 3.8 24,070 6.4 39,360 6.3 16,925 7.3
June 46,975 5.2 34,215 3.6 21,350 3.5 22,300 6.0 39,320 6.3 17,380 7.5
July 48,825 5.4 34,555 3.6 21,675 3.6 22,895 6.1 42,230 6.8 18,505 8.0
August 51,350 5.6 35,940 3.7 22,640 3.7 23,755 6.4 43,270 6.9 19,105 8.2
September 52,865 5.8 35,895 3.7 22,830 3.6 23,815 6.4 38,355 6.2 19,165 8.2
October 61,775 5.7 34,845 3.6 22,555 3.7 23,290 6.2 37,345 6.0 18,255 7.8
November 50,020 5.5 34,290 3.6 22,840 3.8 23,145 6.2 37,520 6.0 17,575 7.6
December 47,830 5.3 33,820 3.5 22,700 3.7 23,375 6.3 38,290 6.1 17,345 7.5
Note:

Data has been rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative system

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