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Employment: Lone Parents

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average annual change in the employment rate among lone parents was in the years between (a) 1992 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2006; (162363)

(2) what the annual change in the employment rate for lone parents was in each year since 1992.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about annual changes in lone parent employment rates. (162363, 162679)

The information requested is shown in the attached table.

Estimates are taken from the Office for National Statistics’s 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, spring (March-May) 1992 to 2006, not seasonally adjusted

Annual change3 (percentage points)

1992-93

1.4

1993-94

-0.2

1994-95

0.5

1995-96

1.9

1996-97

1.2

1997-98

1.2

1998-99

1.7

1999-2000

2.9

2000-01

0.3

2001-02

1.6

2002-03

-0.1

2003-04

1.2

2004-05

2.2

2005-06

0.3

Average 1992-97

1.0

Average 1997-2006

1.3

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

2 Children under 16 and those aged 16-18 who are never-married and in full-time education.

3 Base for percentages excludes people with unknown employment status.

Source:

Labour Force Survey