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Employee Activity Rates

Volume 983: debated on Monday 28 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing the employee activity rates for men and women, respectively, for each of the age groups 16 to 24 years and 25 to 44 years, for men only for the age group 45 to 64 years and 65 years and over, and for women only for 45 to 59 years and 60 years and over, for each of the standard regions of the United Kingdom.

[pursuant to his reply, 25 April 1980, c. 205]: The tables below show economic activity rates for men and women separately for each of the standard regions of the United Kingdom. These rates are taken from the EC Labour Force Survey conducted in 1977 and are on a different basis from those usually published by the Department of Employment.

FEMALE ACTIVITY RATES*

per cent.

Age

Region

1624

2544

4564

65+

England
South East63·360·462·09·7
East Anglia64·956·961·39·1
South West59·060·859·28·2
West Midlands66·263·066·29·8
East Midlands59·958·260·07·8
Yorkshire and Humber side64·763·363·19·0
North West63·165·465·610·0
North63·259·361·17·7
Wales56·457·055·35·5
Scotland64·960·164·610·4
Northern Ireland62·053·049·09·9

* The percentage of the private household population aged 16 and over which is in the labour force.

Note: The EC Labour Force Survey is based on a sample of about 100,000 households throughout the United Kingdom and the results are subject to sampling errors. Small differences in the results, therefore, may not be significant.