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Employment: Job Creation

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government which sectors of the United Kingdom economy have seen the most job creation since May 2010.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

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

Letter from Glen Watson, Director General for ONS, to the Earl of Courtown, dated July 2013.

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the sectors of the United Kingdom economy that have seen the most job creation since May 2010 (HL1855).

The ONS does not directly provide estimates for the number of jobs created, only the net change in total jobs. These figures are produced from the ONS’ Workforce jobs series.

The attached table contains seasonally adjusted estimates for the number of Workforce Jobs by sector at June 2010 and March 2013 (the latest available period) and the net change between these two periods. The sectors are displayed in descending order of the net change in jobs over this period. Workforce Jobs is a composite measure that includes employee jobs, self-employed jobs, HM Forces and government-supported trainees.

United Kingdom
Workforce Jobs by sector
Seasonally adjusted (thousands)
Industry June 2010 March 2013 Net Change
Administrative & support service activities 2390 2574 184
Human health & social work activities 3970 4145 175
Professional scientific & technical activities 2399 2559 160
Information & communication 1173 1320 147
Wholesale & retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 4815 4952 137
Accommodation & food service activities 1920 2050 130
Transport & storage 1455 1564 109
Manufacturing 2,561 2,614 53
Real estate activities 476 511 35
Financial & insurance activities 1117 1149 32
Water supply, sewerage, waste & remediation activities 178 203 25
Arts, entertainment & recreation 853 876 23
Mining & quarrying 60 69 9
Other service activities 806 814 8
People employed by households, etc 78 75 -3
Electricity, gas, steam & air conditioning supply 135 120 -15
Education 2786 2767 -19
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 413 363 -50
Construction 2078 1994 -84
Public admin & defence; compulsory social security 1748 1576 -172

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Labour Market Division, ONS

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