HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 cc36-7W
Simon Hughes

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many(a) private sector jobs broken down by (i) agricultural, (ii) manufacturing and (iii) service sector and (b) public sector jobs there were in London in each year since 1997. [135163]

Ruth Kelly

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

Letter from Len Cook to Simon Hughes, dated 10 November 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question about jobs in London. (135163)

Statistics of private sector jobs in the United Kingdom were published in the September 2003 issue of Labour Market Trends. However on a consistent basis figures for London are not available.

The Workforce Jobs series can provide a regional breakdown of jobs by industry. Table 1 shows jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and service industries in London for the three months to December of each year between 1997 and 2002. These figures include both public and private sector jobs.

The Labour Force Survey is an alternative source of information on public sector employment, although the public sector classification of employment is based on respondents'own perceptions and is not necessarily consistent with the official classification of the organisations they work for.

Table 2 shows the numbers of people in employment in the public sector in London for the Autumn quarters (September to November) of each year from 1997 to 2002. The figures are not directly comparable with those in Table 1.

Table 1: Jobs in London by industry sector
Agriculture Manufacturing Services
1997 4 297 3,203
1998 4 284 3,362
1999 3 296 3,538
2000 5 288 3,635
2001 4 263 3.615
2002 4 256 3,613
1 Not seasonally adjusted.


1. Industrial classifications are defined in the Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities UK SIC(92).

2. Agriculture is defined as sections A and B of SIC(92), Manufacturing as section D, and Services as sections G to Q.


Workforce Jobs

Table 2: Public sector employment in London
Date2 Public sector employment
September 1997 to August 1998 840
September 1998 to August 1999 855
September 1999 to August 2000 849
September 2000 to August 2001 856
September 2001 to August 2002 886
September 2002 to August 2003 857
1 Not seasonally adjusted.
2Data is averaged over four consecutive quarters.


Labour force survey.

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