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Unemployment: Disabled

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for disabled ethnic minority (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49 and (D) 50 to state retirement age was in each quarter of the last 10 years; (241443)

(2) what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for disabled (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49 and (D) 50 to state retirement age was in each quarter of the last 10 years.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated December 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for disabled ethnic minority (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49 and (D) 50 to state retirement age was in each quarter of the last 10 years. (241443); and what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for disabled (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49 and (D) 50 to state retirement age was in each quarter of the last 10 years. (241442)

The available information requested is provided in the attached tables. Table 1 contains employment rates for people with disabilities and for people with disabilities who consider their ethnic group to be non-white. Table 2 contains unemployment rates for the same categories. Comparable data by ethnic group is not available prior to April 2001.

The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In the LFS, people with disabilities are defined as those who have a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limits their day-to-day activities or affects the kind or amount of work they might do, or both. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. The estimates for men and women with disabilities from a non-white ethnic group given in this answer should be treated with caution as they are not considered reliable for practical purposes.

The figures have been derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in Autumn 2007. Consequently the estimates from Q3 2006 onwards are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Table 1A: Employment rates1 for people with disablities2, by age group and ethnicity3, calendar quarters, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

People with disabilities

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-644

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

1998

Q2

48

n/a

52

n/a

49

n/a

35

n/a

Q3

52

n/a

52

n/a

51

n/a

35

n/a

Q4

51

n/a

52

n/a

52

n/a

36

n/a

1999

Q1

46

n/a

53

n/a

52

n/a

36

n/a

Q2

47

n/a

54

n/a

54

n/a

38

n/a

Q3

50

n/a

54

n/a

53

n/a

38

n/a

Q4

48

n/a

53

n/a

54

n/a

39

n/a

2000

Q1

45

n/a

53

n/a

54

n/a

38

n/a

Q2

45

n/a

53

n/a

53

n/a

39

n/a

Q3

46

n/a

55

n/a

53

n/a

39

n/a

Q4

48

n/a

56

n/a

54

n/a

39

n/a

2001

Q1

47

n/a

54

n/a

54

n/a

39

n/a

Q2

48

38

54

37

53

40

39

25

Q3

50

30

54

36

53

37

39

26

Q4

48

31

54

42

55

41

40

29

2002

Q1

47

32

54

44

54

39

40

30

Q2

46

32

53

44

55

37

41

27

Q3

48

29

54

49

54

36

42

26

Q4

48

27

56

48

55

37

43

26

2003

Q1

44

31

56

41

54

35

42

28

Q2

44

34

56

40

54

37

43

30

Q3

45

42

56

43

55

37

43

27

Q4

45

43

54

39

56

39

42

32

2004

Q1

47

38

53

40

56

40

45

35

Q2

45

40

54

44

55

41

43

36

Q3

47

34

54

42

56

44

45

34

Q4

48

30

54

36

56

42

45

32

2005

Q1

44

20

54

41

56

40

45

34

Q2

44

19

54

39

56

44

45

29

Q3

47

26

54

38

56

36

45

35

Q4

44

28

56

40

56

36

45

33

2006

Q1

44

30

56

48

57

39

45

34

Q2

43

29

53

38

56

42

46

33

Q3

45

23

53

37

57

42

47

34

Q4

43

24

53

41

56

42

46

35

2007

Q1

43

27

54

42

55

42

45

32

Q2

40

28

55

39

54

40

47

35

Q3

41

26

55

48

56

46

47

38

Q4

44

25

55

39

55

41

47

35

2008

Q1

42

23

55

44

55

43

47

37

Q2

43

29

57

44

56

43

47

36

Q3

44

33

55

40

55

43

47

40

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Table 1B: Employment rates1 for men with disablities2, by age group and ethnicity3, calendar quarters, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

Men with disabilities

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-644

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

1998

Q2

48

n/a

60

n/a

53

n/a

35

n/a

Q3

53

n/a

59

n/a

55

n/a

36

n/a

Q4

48

n/a

56

n/a

58

n/a

36

n/a

1999

Q1

49

n/a

63

n/a

56

n/a

38

n/a

Q2

48

n/a

59

n/a

59

n/a

38

n/a

Q3

51

n/a

61

n/a

58

n/a

38

n/a

Q4

50

n/a

60

n/a

59

n/a

38

n/a

2000

Q1

46

n/a

62

n/a

60

n/a

39

n/a

Q2

46

n/a

62

n/a

59

n/a

39

n/a

Q3

44

n/a

63

n/a

60

n/a

40

n/a

Q4

47

n/a

63

n/a

60

n/a

40

n/a

2001

Q1

45

n/a

61

n/a

60

n/a

40

n/a

Q2

49

32

61

50

57

50

40

27

Q3

51

30

61

48

58

45

41

31

Q4

48

35

60

52

60

51

41

31

2002

Q1

45

27

58

53

59

45

41

34

Q2

45

35

58

53

60

40

42

31

Q3

47

27

58

56

61

42

42

29

Q4

48

24

61

56

62

46

44

31

2003

Q1

44

36

61

51

61

46

44

36

Q2

45

38

61

49

61

49

44

38

Q3

44

35

61

51

62

49

44

29

Q4

46

45

59

46

61

49

44

34

2004

Q1

48

31

58

48

62

49

46

38

Q2

44

32

58

48

61

51

44

41

Q3

47

33

57

50

62

50

46

40

Q4

45

30

58

38

62

51

46

39

2005

Q1

42

17

56

45

60

46

46

42

Q2

42

18

59

42

60

52

46

36

Q3

46

32

58

45

61

42

46

42

Q4

43

25

62

49

60

43

46

40

2006

Q1

42

23

60

60

62

50

45

44

Q2

43

26

57

48

60

52

47

41

Q3

46

13

58

49

61

49

47

39

Q4

42

25

58

53

61

51

46

40

2007

Q1

41

33

60

50

60

49

46

36

Q2

41

30

61

52

59

48

47

38

Q3

40

21

58

58

61

56

48

45

Q4

42

23

56

48

60

52

48

41

2008

Q1

43

23

61

58

60

54

48

42

Q2

42

27

59

54

60

53

48

43

Q3

44

32

59

48

59

51

49

50

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Table 1C: Employment rates1 for women with disablities2, by age group and ethnicity3, calendar quarters, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

Women with disabilities

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-644

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

1998

Q2

47

n/a

45

n/a

46

n/a

34

n/a

Q3

50

n/a

45

n/a

48

n/a

34

n/a

Q4

54

n/a

48

n/a

47

n/a

37

n/a

1999

Q1

43

n/a

44

n/a

49

n/a

34

n/a

Q2

47

n/a

49

n/a

49

n/a

38

n/a

Q3

48

n/a

49

n/a

49

n/a

38

n/a

Q4

47

n/a

47

n/a

48

n/a

39

n/a

2000

Q1

45

n/a

45

n/a

48

n/a

38

n/a

Q2

44

n/a

46

n/a

48

n/a

38

n/a

Q3

47

n/a

48

n/a

48

n/a

38

n/a

Q4

50

n/a

49

n/a

49

n/a

38

n/a

2001

Q1

50

n/a

47

n/a

48

n/a

38

n/a

Q2

48

42

47

26

49

32

38

23

Q3

49

31

47

28

48

30

37

20

Q4

49

27

48

36

50

32

39

26

2002

Q1

50

38

49

37

50

34

38

25

Q2

47

29

49

35

51

34

40

24

Q3

49

32

50

41

49

31

41

24

Q4

47

30

50

41

49

30

41

19

2003

Q1

45

25

51

34

48

27

41

19

Q2

43

30

51

33

49

28

41

20

Q3

45

49

52

37

49

28

42

26

Q4

45

41

49

33

50

32

41

31

2004

Q1

47

47

49

31

50

32

43

31

Q2

46

46

50

40

50

33

42

31

Q3

48

36

51

35

51

40

43

27

Q4

51

30

50

32

51

36

43

26

2005

Q1

45

22

51

37

52

34

44

26

Q2

46

19

50

35

52

37

42

23

Q3

48

20

50

31

52

31

44

29

Q4

46

31

51

33

52

31

43

28

2006

Q1

45

41

52

38

52

31

45

25

Q2

42

32

50

28

53

34

45

25

Q3

44

34

49

25

53

37

45

29

Q4

45

23

48

31

51

33

45

30

2007

Q1

45

21

49

35

51

35

45

28

Q2

40

24

50

27

50

33

46

31

Q3

42

34

52

39

52

37

46

30

Q4

46

29

53

32

51

33

46

30

2008

Q1

42

21

50

30

52

32

46

33

Q2

45

32

54

33

52

34

44

29

Q3

43

34

51

32

52

36

45

30

n/a = Data not available.

1 Employment rate is calculated as number of people in employment as a percentage of the population in the individual age group.

2 Comprises people who have a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limits their day-to-day activities or affects the kind or amount of work they might do, or both.

3 Comprises people who have a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limits their day-to-day activities or affects the kind or amount of work they might do, or both, from a non-white ethnic group.

4 Men aged 50-64 and women aged 50-59.

Notes:

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc).

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Table 2A: Unemployment rates1 for people with disablities2, by age group and ethnicity3, calendar quarters, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

People with disabilities

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-644

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

1998

Q2

20

n/a

14

n/a

9

n/a

9

n/a

Q3

22

n/a

12

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

Q4

20

n/a

12

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

1999

Q1

22

n/a

11

n/a

10

n/a

8

n/a

Q2

22

n/a

10

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

Q3

21

n/a

11

n/a

9

n/a

7

n/a

Q4

20

n/a

14

n/a

8

n/a

7

n/a

2000

Q1

20

n/a

14

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

Q2

20

n/a

13

n/a

8

n/a

8

n/a

Q3

23

n/a

10

n/a

8

n/a

7

n/a

Q4

19

n/a

8

n/a

7

n/a

7

n/a

2001

Q1

19

n/a

10

n/a

8

n/a

6

n/a

Q2

17

33

10

17

7

16

6

18

Q3

18

38

11

24

7

17

6

23

Q4

20

41

10

18

7

13

6

19

2002

Q1

19

33

12

16

7

12

5

15

Q2

18

24

10

13

7

14

5

17

Q3

19

38

9

10

8

19

5

15

Q4

17

38

8

12

7

18

5

14

2003

Q1

20

37

9

16

7

17

6

12

Q2

19

22

9

18

6

11

6

12

Q3

25

34

9

14

6

16

6

16

Q4

18

24

9

18

7

16

5

15

2004

Q1

16

24

11

22

6

14

4

6

Q2

19

27

9

18

6

13

5

10

Q3

19

28

9

15

6

13

4

8

Q4

18

33

10

24

5

11

5

9

2005

Q1

19

38

10

17

6

14

5

10

Q2

18

31

10

25

6

8

6

10

Q3

21

44

11

18

6

15

5

11

Q4

22

32

10

16

7

18

5

13

2006

Q1

20

29

11

16

7

20

6

12

Q2

22

32

12

16

8

19

5

12

Q3

25

39

12

24

7

18

5

10

Q4

22

39

12

14

8

20

5

9

2007

Q1

22

35

11

19

7

17

6

9

Q2

23

41

10

26

8

19

6

14

Q3

25

30

10

17

8

13

6

11

Q4

21

34

11

22

7

17

6

10

2008

Q1

25

47

11

17

7

15

6

10

Q2

25

37

10

17

8

12

6

13

Q3

25

34

10

18

9

15

6

12

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Table 2B: Unemployment rates1 for men with disablities2, by age group and ethnicity3, calendar quarters, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

Men with disabilities

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-644

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

1998

Q2

22

n/a

14

n/a

11

n/a

10

n/a

Q3

24

n/a

13

n/a

11

n/a

10

n/a

Q4

24

n/a

14

n/a

9

n/a

9

n/a

1999

Q1

22

n/a

9

n/a

12

n/a

9

n/a

Q2

26

n/a

12

n/a

10

n/a

9

n/a

Q3

24

n/a

13

n/a

11

n/a

9

n/a

Q4

23

n/a

15

n/a

9

n/a

9

n/a

2000

Q1

24

n/a

15

n/a

9

n/a

10

n/a

Q2

23

n/a

13

n/a

9

n/a

9

n/a

Q3

29

n/a

11

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

Q4

24

n/a

9

n/a

7

n/a

8

n/a

2001

Q1

24

n/a

12

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

Q2

19

43

11

13

9

13

7

26

Q3

22

43

12

22

8

20

7

25

Q4

25

46

13

24

7

12

7

23

2002

Q1

25

47

14

19

8

15

6

16

Q2

22

26

12

14

8

20

6

19

Q3

22

42

12

12

9

22

6

16

Q4

20

43

10

13

8

16

6

11

2003

Q1

26

36

10

16

8

17

6

12

Q2

23

24

10

15

8

12

6

7

Q3

29

41

11

17

7

16

6

17

Q4

21

19

10

19

7

19

6

18

2004

Q1

18

30

12

24

6

17

5

6

Q2

22

30

11

23

7

16

5

7

Q3

20

31

11

15

6

14

5

6

Q4

21

29

12

31

6

14

5

9

2005

Q1

22

33

13

19

7

16

6

14

Q2

22

39

12

28

7

6

6

14

Q3

24

42

12

18

7

16

6

16

Q4

25

29

12

14

8

21

6

18

2006

Q1

25

44

13

14

8

22

6

17

Q2

25

41

15

17

8

19

6

13

Q3

26

57

14

22

7

17

6

11

Q4

28

45

13

10

9

17

6

10

2007

Q1

26

35

12

18

9

17

6

8

Q2

25

40

10

24

9

18

6

13

Q3

29

40

12

22

8

11

7

13

Q4

27

41

14

27

8

15

7

14

2008

Q1

28

48

12

18

8

14

7

13

Q2

29

44

11

17

8

14

6

15

Q3

29

39

11

16

11

18

6

13

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Table 2C: Unemployment rates1 for women with disablities2, by age group and ethnicity3, calendar quarters, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

Women with disabilities

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-644

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

All

Non-white

1998

Q2

17

n/a

12

n/a

7

n/a

7

n/a

Q3

20

n/a

11

n/a

6

n/a

5

n/a

Q4

17

n/a

10

n/a

8

n/a

6

n/a

1999

Q1

23

n/a

13

n/a

8

n/a

5

n/a

Q2

18

n/a

9

n/a

8

n/a

7

n/a

Q3

17

n/a

9

n/a

7

n/a

6

n/a

Q4

17

n/a

12

n/a

8

n/a

5

n/a

2000

Q1

16

n/a

13

n/a

8

n/a

7

n/a

Q2

17

n/a

13

n/a

7

n/a

6

n/a

Q3

16

n/a

8

n/a

8

n/a

5

n/a

Q4

14

n/a

7

n/a

6

n/a

6

n/a

2001

Q1

14

n/a

8

n/a

7

n/a

5

n/a

Q2

15

24

9

23

6

19

4

5

Q3

14

30

10

26

6

13

5

18

Q4

13

27

7

12

6

14

4

13

2002

Q1

12

12

9

14

5

9

5

13

Q2

14

21

9

10

6

5

4

14

Q3

16

34

6

8

7

15

4

13

Q4

14

32

6

12

7

20

5

19

2003

Q1

14

37

7

16

7

17

5

13

Q2

16

19

8

21

5

11

4

21

Q3

21

27

7

12

5

15

5

16

Q4

15

30

7

16

6

11

4

11

2004

Q1

13

19

9

17

6

9

3

8

Q2

16

25

7

10

5

10

4

15

Q3

17

24

8

16

6

13

3

11

Q4

15

36

7

13

5

7

4

9

2005

Q1

15

40

8

15

5

11

4

5

Q2

13

22

9

20

5

9

5

5

Q3

17

47

10

17

6

15

4

5

Q4

18

35

8

18

6

15

4

7

2006

Q1

14

11

8

19

7

18

4

5

Q2

18

22

9

14

7

19

5

8

Q3

23

26

11

28

7

18

5

8

Q4

16

31

11

19

7

22

5

9

2007

Q1

17

35

11

19

6

16

5

11

Q2

19

41

10

30

7

21

5

14

Q3

20

17

9

11

7

15

5

7

Q4

15

19

8

16

6

19

4

5

2008

Q1

19

46

9

14

7

17

4

6

Q2

18

23

9

17

7

10

5

11

Q3

21

22

9

21

7

12

6

11

n/a = Data not available.

1 The unemployment rate is calculated as the number of people unemployed as a percentage of the economically active population in the individual age group.

2 Comprises people who have a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limits their day-to-day activities or affects the kind or amount of work they might do, or both.

3 Comprises people who have a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limits their day-to-day activities or affects the kind or amount of work they might do, or both, from a non-white ethnic group.

4 Men aged 50-64 and women aged 50-59.

5 Sample size too small for reliable estimate.

Notes:

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc).

Source:

Labour Force Survey