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Unemployed: Qualifications

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate of (i) men, (ii) women and (iii) men and women with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49 and (D) 50 years to state retirement age in each quarter for the last 10 years. (241704)

I have been asked to reply.

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 Question asking what her estimate is of the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate of (i) men (ii) women and (iii) men and women with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 35 to 49 and (D) 50 to state retirement age was in each quarter of the last 10 years (241704)

The available information requested is provided in the attached tables. Comparable estimates are not available for the periods prior to April 2001. In addition, estimates for Q1 2005 are not available.

The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

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 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 and unemployment rates1 for people with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer, by age, calendar quarters, 2001-08, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

People with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-642

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

2001

Q2

49

19

68

8

72

6

60

4

Q3

53

21

66

9

72

5

59

4

Q4

53

21

66

9

72

5

60

4

2002

Q1

49

22

65

9

72

6

60

4

Q2

49

20

65

8

72

6

60

4

Q3

50

23

65

8

72

6

61

4

Q4

52

20

66

8

72

5

61

5

2003

Q1

48

22

65

9

71

5

61

4

Q2

48

20

65

8

72

5

62

4

Q3

51

21

66

8

71

5

62

4

Q4

52

19

65

8

72

5

61

4

2004

Q1

49

21

65

8

72

4

62

4

Q2

48

20

65

8

72

5

61

4

Q3

50

23

65

8

71

4

61

4

Q4

51

21

66

8

72

4

62

3

2005

Q1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Q2

47

21

66

7

71

5

61

3

Q3

48

23

65

8

71

5

62

4

Q4

48

23

65

8

71

5

62

4

2006

Q1

46

22

65

9

71

6

61

4

Q2

45

23

65

10

71

6

62

4

Q3

48

25

65

9

72

6

62

4

Q4

48

23

65

10

71

6

61

4

2007

Q1

45

25

66

10

71

6

61

4

Q2

44

24

66

9

71

6

62

4

Q3

47

26

66

8

72

5

62

4

Q4

49

22

65

8

71

6

63

4

2008

Q1

46

23

66

9

71

6

62

4

Q2

45

23

66

9

71

6

62

4

Q3

46

27

65

9

71

6

62

4

Table 1B: Employment and unemployment rates1 for men with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer, by age, calendar quarters, 2001-08, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

Men with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-642

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

2001

Q2

55

20

81

9

79

7

61

5

Q3

60

21

80

10

80

6

62

5

Q4

59

22

79

9

80

5

62

5

2002

Q1

54

24

78

10

80

7

62

5

Q2

54

21

78

8

80

7

62

6

Q3

54

24

78

8

80

7

62

5

Q4

58

21

79

7

80

6

63

6

2003

Q1

53

24

77

9

80

6

63

5

Q2

55

20

79

8

81

6

65

5

Q3

57

22

79

8

81

5

65

4

Q4

57

21

78

9

81

5

54

4

2004

Q1

53

22

78

8

81

5

64

4

Q2

52

21

77

9

80

5

63

5

Q3

56

23

66

8

80

5

64

4

Q4

58

20

78

8

80

5

65

4

2005

Q1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Q2

52

22

79

7

79

5

64

4

Q3

53

25

79

7

80

5

65

4

Q4

53

24

79

8

80

6

65

4

2006

Q1

50

24

78

9

80

6

64

5

Q2

49

24

79

10

80

6

65

5

Q3

53

26

79

9

81

6

65

5

Q4

54

23

80

9

81

6

64

4

2007

Q1

50

26

80

9

80

6

64

5

Q2

49

24

82

8

81

6

65

5

Q3

52

26

82

8

81

5

65

5

Q4

55

23

81

7

80

6

65

5

2008

Q1

51

25

81

9

80

6

65

4

Q2

50

24

80

9

80

6

65

5

Q3

52

28

79

9

80

6

65

5

Table 1C: Employment and unemployment rates1 for women with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer, by age, calendar quarters, 2001-08, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

Women with the equivalent of five GCSEs or fewer

16 to 24

25 to 34

35 to 49

50 to 59-642

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

2001

Q2

43

18

56

8

66

5

59

3

Q3

45

21

54

8

66

4

57

3

Q4

46

19

53

8

66

5

58

3

2002

Q1

43

19

53

8

65

5

58

3

Q2

43

17

54

8

66

5

58

3

Q3

45

20

53

8

66

5

59

3

Q4

44

19

54

8

66

5

59

3

2003

Q1

43

19

55

7

65

4

59

3

Q2

40

20

53

7

65

4

60

3

Q3

45

20

54

8

64

4

60

3

Q4

46

16

54

7

65

4

59

3

2004

Q1

44

20

53

8

65

4

59

3

Q2

43

19

53

7

65

5

59

2

Q3

44

23

54

8

64

4

58

3

Q4

44

21

54

8

64

4

59

3

2005

Q1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Q2

41

19

52

8

64

5

59

3

Q3

43

21

51

8

64

4

59

3

Q4

41

22

51

9

64

5

59

3

2006

Q1

41

19

51

10

64

6

59

4

Q2

39

21

51

10

63

6

59

4

Q3

41

23

50

11

63

5

59

4

Q4

40

22

51

10

63

6

59

4

2007

Q1

38

24

50

11

62

6

59

3

Q2

37

24

50

11

63

6

60

3

Q3

41

26

49

9

64

5

59

4

Q4

43

21

48

9

63

5

60

3

2008

Q1

40

21

49

10

63

6

59

4

Q2

39

22

50

10

63

5

59

4

Q3

36

27

50

11

63

6

59

4

n/a = data not available

1 Employment rate is calculated as number of people in employment with 5 GCSEs or fewer as a percentage of the population in the individual age group with 5 GCSEs or fewer. The unemployment rate is calculated as the number of people unemployed with 5 GCSEs or fewer as a percentage of the economically active population in the individual age group with 5 GCSEs or fewer.

2 men aged 50-64 and women aged 50-59

Note:

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.