Unemployment

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Conservative, Milton Keynes North

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unemployed (a) men and (b) women of Somali origin there were in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Milton Keynes in the latest period for which figures are available.

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 June 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many unemployed (a) men and (b) women of Somali origin there were in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Milton Keynes in the latest period for which figures are available. (115075)

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

Due to small sample sizes estimates are not available of the number of unemployed Somali men and women in England and Wales or Milton Keynes. However, the estimated total number of people born in Somalia who were unemployed in England and Wales was 11,000 from the April 2011 to March 2012 Annual Population Survey.

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

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

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