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Unemployment: South West

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 130400, tabled on 28 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has she made of trends in the level of unemployment in the South West since 2010.

Answered on

8 March 2018

The level of unemployment in South Gloucestershire, estimated using the Annual Population Survey, was 5,700 for the year to September 2010. For the latest period (the year to September 2017) the level of unemployment was estimated at 6,200. This rise was not statistically significant.

Data from the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Labour Force Survey shows that since the 2010 General Election (the quarter to April 2010), the level and rate of unemployment has fallen in every region and country of the UK. The level of unemployment in the South West currently stands at 107,000 (the quarter to December 2017) – down by 51,000 since the 2010 election.


The sub-regional data is estimated by the ONS, using the Annual Population Survey.

The level of unemployment in Thornbury and Yate was estimated at 1,400 in the year to September 2017. This figure is subject to a high degree of statistical uncertainty due to very small sample sizes. This means we cannot make a reliable comparison with the 2010 estimate of 2,000.