Employment: Rossendale

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working population of Rossendale and Darwen constituency is employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

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 Glen Watson, dated March 2014

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question to the Minister for the Cabinet Office asking what proportion of the working population of Rossendale and Darwen constituency is employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector. (193530)

Employment statistics for local areas are calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. In the APS the distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. The public sector estimates provided do not correspond to official Public Sector Employment estimates. Those are derived directly from employers and are based on a National Accounts definition and are not available for areas smaller than regions.

Table 1 shows the percentage of people in employment aged 16 years and over who were employed in the public or private sectors. Table 2 shows the number of people aged 16 years and over employed in the public and private sectors resident in Rossendale and Darwen constituency. These estimates are compiled from APS interviews held during the period January 2013 to December 2013, the latest period available.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the table.

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: Percentage of people in employment aged 16 years and over in the public and private sectors1, resident in Rossendale and Darwen constituency
Percentage
  Employed
12 months ending: Public Private
December 2013 30.1 69.9
1 Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. Source: Annual Population Survey
Table 2: Number of people aged 16 years and over employed in the public and private sectors1, resident in Rossendale and Darwen constituency
Thousand
  Employed
12 months ending: Public Private
December 20132 ***13 **31
1 Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. 2 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality. 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

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