Unemployment: Older People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people over 50 years old in each region and constituent part of the UK have been unemployed for over 12 months.

Photo of Brooks Newmark Brooks Newmark 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 September 2014

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people over 50 years old in each region and constituent part of the UK have been unemployed for over 12 months (208076).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for areas smaller than the UK from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

The table shows the number of people aged 50 years and over who had been unemployed for 12 months or more in each region and constituent part of the UK, according to survey responses from the APS for the 12 month period April 2013 to March 2014, the latest available period.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a certain level of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates of the levels is included 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

Number1 of people aged 50 or over unemployed for 12 months or more
  Thousand
North East ***12
North West ***21
Yorkshire and the Humber ***16
East Midlands ***13
West Midlands ***19
East of England ***12
London ***24
South East ***16
South West ***12
Wales ***7
Scotland ***18
Northern Ireland ***7
UK **176
1 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 and Annual Labour Force Survey

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