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Disabled: Employment

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of disabled people were in work in each year since 1997. (154673)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 September 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about the number and proportion of disabled people who were in work in each year since 1997. (154673)

The attached table shows the number and proportion of disabled people of working age who are in employment for the three months ending June each year from 1999 to 2007. The disability question was first asked in 1999. Comparable estimates are not available for 2000. These estimates 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.

Disabled1 people of working age2 in employment: United Kingdom: not seasonally adjusted

In employment

Three months ending June each year

Level (Thousand)

Rate (Percentage)

1999

3,022

46

2001

3,139

47

2002

3,294

48

2003

3,362

49

2004

3,485

50

2005

3,477

50

2006

3,537

50

2007

3,456

50

1 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.

2 Includes men aged 16 to 64 and women age 16 to 59.

3 Disabled people in employment as a percentage of all disabled.

Note:

Comparable data are not available for 2000.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)