HC Deb 15 October 2002 vol 390 cc599-600W
Mrs. Irene Adams

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were estimated to be(a) employed and (b) unemployed in (i) Paisley North, (ii) Renfrewshire and (iii) Scotland in each of the last two years. [73671]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mrs. Irene Adams, dated 15 July 2002: As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about employment and unemployment in Scotland. (73671) The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics for employment and unemployment from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) following the internationally standard International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. For parliamentary constituencies, the LFS provides estimates of employment and unemployment rates, but not levels. However, the survey sample size is too small to provide reliable estimates of unemployment for Renfrewshire Unitary Authority or Paisley North constituency. The ONS also compiles statistics of claimants of unemployment-related benefits. The claimant count consists of all people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or National Insurance credits at Employment Service local offices. They must declare that they are out of work, capable of, available for and actively seeking work during the week in which the claim is made. The attached tables give information from the LFS and claimant count. Labour market statistics are published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release and on the Nomis ® database, both of which are available in the House of Commons library.

Table 1 Employment and ILO unemployment in Scotland; all aged 16 and over
Thousands, seasonally adjusted
In employment ILO unemployment
March to May 2001 2,396 148
March to May 2002 2,388 176


ONS Labour Force Survey

Table 2 Employment rates1 for Scotland; Renfrewshire and Paisley North; all people of working age2; 1999/00 and 2000/01
Per cent
Scotland Renfrewshire Paisley North
Year ending February 2000 71.3 74.5 71.8
Year ending February 2001 73.1 75.4 63.4


1Total employed of working age as a percentage of all persons of working age.

2Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59.


ONS Labour Force Survey Local Area Database

Table 3 Claimant count levels for Scotland; Renfrewshire and Paisley North
Not seasonally adjusted
Scotland1 Renfrewshire Paisley North
June 2001 104,600 3,745 1,572
June 2002 102,700 3,774 1,596


1 Data for Scotland are seasonally adjusted.


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