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Unemployment

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many economically inactive people of working age there were in the UK aged (a) 18 to 24, (b) 25 to 49 and (c) 50 years and over and were neither (i) disabled and (ii) a lone parent in each month since 1992. (125895)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 12 March 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking how many economically inactive people of working age there were in the UK who were aged (a) 18 to 24, (b) 25 to 49 and (c) over 50 years and over and were neither (i) disabled and (ii) a lone parent in each month since 1992. (125895)

The following table gives estimates of the total number of inactive people of working age, together with estimates of inactive people after excluding those who were either lone parents or disabled, by age, in each year for which data are available since 1999. Comparable estimates are not available for 2000, or for earlier periods. These estimates are not seasonally adjusted. Data is only available for the April-June quarter of each of these years.

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 inactive people of working age1 United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

All of working age

16 to17

18 to 24

25 to 49

50 and over

All inactive

Excluding lone parents and disabled2 people

All inactive

Excluding lone parents and disabled2 people

All inactive

Excluding lone parents and disabled2 people

All inactive

Excluding lone parents and disabled2 people

All inactive

Excluding lone parents and disabled2 people

1999

7,355

3,595

613

427

1,159

838

3,059

1,429

2,523

901

2001

7,455

3,573

679

473

1,144

815

3,068

1,395

2,563

890

2002

7,495

3,612

732

494

1,175

839

3,040

1,397

2,549

882

2003

6,797

3,288

657

437

1,138

804

2,797

1,298

2,204

750

2004

7,551

3,661

771

512

1,244

870

3,074

1,432

2,462

846

2005

7,540

3,683

783

518

1,293

896

3,033

1,405

2,431

864

2006

7,401

3,627

842

557

1,255

864

2,912

1,378

2,391

827

1 16 to 64 for men and 16 to 59 for women. 2 Includes those who have a long term disability which substantially limits their day-to-day activities and those who have a long term disability which affects the kind or amount of work they might do. Note: Comparable data are not available for 2000. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (Household datasets)