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Unemployment

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what proportion of households included no one in full-time employment in the latest 12-month period for which figures are available; (198778)

(2) how many and what proportion of people lived in households where no one was in full-time employment in the latest 12-month period for which figures are available.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated April 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your two Parliamentary Questions. The first asks how many and what proportion of households included no-one in full-time employment in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available (198778). The second asks how many and what proportion of people lived in households where no-one was in full time employment in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available (198779).

Estimates are provided from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). There is currently no annual household dataset, so the figures are given for the April-June quarter to be consistent with those published in the 'Work and worklessness among households' First Release (see web link)

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/work0807.pdf

For the three month period ending in June 2007, 10.7 million (43 per cent) households include no-one in full-time employment; these households consist of 19.4 million (34 per cent) people.

Published figures for workless households are based on working age households. A working-age household is a household that includes at least one person of working-age, that is a woman aged 16 to 59 or a man aged 16 to 64.

For the three month period ending in June 2007, 4.7 million (25 per cent) working age households include no-one in full-time employment; these households consist of 10.9 million (22 per cent) people.

In calculating the percentages, households with unknown economic status have been excluded.

The LFS is a sample survey covering over 52,000 households in the United Kingdom in each three month period. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.