§ Mr. Coleman
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of unemployment is in each Government office region. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.1109W
Letter from John Kidgell to Mr. lain Coleman, dated 11 July 2002:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the unemployment rate in each government office region. I am replying in his absence. (68900)
The latest available estimates, for the three month period ending April 2002, are given in the attached table. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey and are seasonally adjusted.
ILO unemployment rate1 by Government office region; February to April 2002, seasonally adjusted Per cent. Rate North-east 6.9 North-west 5.8 Yorkshire and the Humber 5.2 East Midlands 4.7 West Midlands 5.6 East 3.6 London 6.8 South-east 3.7 South-west 3.3 Wales 5.8 Scotland 6.8 Northern Ireland 5.7 United Kingdom 5.2 1ILO unemployed people aged 16+ as a percentage of the economically active.