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Older Workers

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of (a) men aged 65 years and (b) women (i) aged over 60 years and (ii) over 65 years were (A) employed and (B) unemployed in each of the last 10 years. (140445)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated 4 June 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what percentage of (a) men aged 65 years were (i) employed and (ii) unemployed and (b) women (i) aged over 60 years and (ii) over 65 years were (A) employed and (B) unemployed in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (140445)

The attached table gives the numbers and rates for men aged 65 and over, women aged 60 and over, and women aged 65 and over who were in employment or unemployed. It covers the 3 months ending December each year for 1997-2006 (estimates for 1998 and 2000 are not available). The data are not seasonally adjusted.

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.

People in employment or unemployed by age and gender, United Kingdom, 1997 to 2006, not seasonally adjusted

In employment

Unemployment

3 months ending December each year

Level (thousand)

Rate (percentage)1

Level (thousand)

Rate (percentage)2

1997

Men

65 and over

277

7.5

9

3.1

Women

60 and over

509

7.8

9

1.8

65 and over

167

3.3

2

1.3

1999

Men

65 and over

291

7.8

7

2.3

Women

60 and over

537

8.2

13

2.3

65 and over

172

3.4

5

2.7

2001

Men

65 and over

298

7.8

7

2.3

Women

60 and over

591

9.0

9

1.5

65 and over

175

3.4

2

1.1

2002

Men

65 and over

314

8.1

6

1.9

Women

60 and over

583

8.8

13

2.3

65 and over

173

3.4

2

1.4

2003

Men

65 and over

331

8.4

10

3.0

Women

60 and over

636

9.6

11

1.6

65 and over

194

3.8

5

2.3

2004

Men

65 and over

343

8.6

11

3.1

Women

60 and over

658

9.8

9

1.4

65 and over

195

3.8

4

1.8

2005

Men

65 and over

382

9.5

12

3.1

Women

60 and over

727

10.8

12

1.6

65 and over

214

4.2

4

2.0

2006

Men

65 and over

402

9.9

8

1.9

Women

60 and over

795

11.6

15

1.9

65 and over

235

4.6

3

1.3

1 Total in employment as a percentage of all persons in the relevant age group.

2 Total unemployed as a percentage of all economically active persons in the relevant age group.

Note:

Comparable data are not available for 1998 or 2000.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)