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Economic Activity

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are economically (a) active and (b) inactive in the UK. (112870)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 January 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about economic activity and inactivity. (112870)

The attached table gives economically active and inactive levels and rates for the three-month period ending October 2006. These data are published each month in the Labour Market Statistics First Release.

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.

Economically active and inactive people of working age1 United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted

Three months ending October 2006

Levels (000)

Rates2 (per cent.)

Economically active3



Economically inactive



1 Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.

2 As a percentage of all persons of working age.

3 Level figure relates to those aged 16 and over.


ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)