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Employment Rates

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of lone parents were in employment in each year since 1976; and if he will make a statement. (96119)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 23 October 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the percentage of lone parents in employment. I am replying in her absence. (96119)

The attached table gives the employment rates of lone parents from 1992, the earliest date for which information is available.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Employment rates of working-age1 lone parents with dependent children2: United Kingdom Three months ending May, 1992 to 2006

Percentage3

Lone parent employment rate

1992

40.4

1993

41.8

1994

41.6

1995

42.1

1996

44.0

1997

45.2

1998

46.4

1999

48.1

2000

51.0

2001

51.3

2002

52.9

2003

52.8

2004

54.0

2005

56.2

2006

56.51

1 Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59 2 Children under 16 and those aged 16 to 18 who are never-married and in full-time education. 3 Base for percentages excludes people with unknown employment status.