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Unemployment

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for (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 60 years was in each month of the last 10 years. (241444)

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 the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for (i) women, (ii) men and (ill) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34. (C) 34 to 49 and (D) 50 to 60 years was in each month of the last 10 years. (241444)

The attached table provides estimated employment and unemployment rates for the categories requested, for each quarter since 1998. Monthly data is 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 figures from quarter 3 2006 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.

Employment and unemployment rates1, by age and sex, three months ending March, June, September and December, 1998 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

16 to 24

25 to 34

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

People

1998

Q1

61

13

78

7

Q2

61

13

78

6

Q3

65

15

78

6

Q4

63

13

79

6

1999

Q1

61

13

79

6

Q2

61

13

79

6

Q3

65

14

80

6

Q4

63

12

80

6

2000

Q1

61

13

80

6

Q2

61

12

80

5

Q3

65

13

80

5

Q4

62

12

80

5

2001

Q1

61

12

80

5

Q2

62

11

80

5

Q3

64

13

80

5

Q4

63

12

80

5

2002

Q1

61

12

79

5

Q2

61

11

80

5

Q3

64

14

79

5

Q4

63

12

80

5

2003

Q1

60

13

79

5

Q2

60

12

79

5

Q3

63

14

80

5

Q4

62

11

80

5

2004

Q1

60

12

80

5

Q2

60

11

80

4

Q3

63

14

80

4

Q4

61

12

80

5

2005

Q1

59

12

80

4

Q2

59

12

80

4

Q3

61

14

80

4

Q4

59

14

80

4

2006

Q1

58

13

80

5

Q2

58

14

80

5

Q3

61

16

80

5

Q4

59

14

80

5

2007

Q1

57

14

80

5

Q2

56

14

80

5

Q3

59

16

80

4

Q4

59

13

81

4

2008

Q1

57

13

81

5

Q2

56

14

81

5

Q3

59

17

80

5

Men

1998

Q1

63

15

87

7

Q2

63

15

87

7

Q3

68

16

88

7

Q4

64

15

88

6

1999

Q1

63

15

88

6

Q2

63

15

88

6

Q3

68

15

89

6

Q4

66

13

89

6

2000

Q1

64

14

88

6

Q2

64

13

88

5

Q3

68

14

89

5

Q4

65

13

89

5

2001

Q1

63

14

88

5

Q2

64

12

88

5

Q3

67

15

88

5

Q4

65

13

88

6

2002

Q1

63

14

88

6

Q2

63

13

88

5

Q3

65

15

88

5

Q4

65

13

89

5

2003

Q1

61

15

87

6

Q2

62

13

88

5

Q3

65

15

88

5

Q4

63

13

87

5

2004

Q1

62

13

87

5

Q2

62

12

87

5

Q3

65

15

87

4

Q4

63

13

88

5

2005

Q1

61

14

88

5

Q2

61

14

88

4

Q3

63

16

88

4

Q4

61

15

89

4

2006

Q1

59

15

88

5

Q2

59

16

88

5

Q3

63

17

88

5

Q4

61

15

88

5

2007

Q1

59

16

88

6

Q2

58

16

89

4

Q3

61

17

89

4

Q4

60

15

89

4

2008

Q1

58

16

89

5

Q2

58

16

88

5

Q3

60

19

87

5

Women

1998

Q1

59

11

69

6

Q2

59

12

69

6

Q3

63

13

69

6

Q4

61

11

70

5

1999

Q1

59

11

71

6

Q2

58

11

71

5

Q3

63

12

72

5

Q4

61

11

72

5

2000

Q1

59

12

71

5

Q2

59

10

72

5

Q3

62

13

72

4

Q4

60

11

72

4

2001

Q1

59

10

71

4

Q2

59

9

72

4

Q3

61

12

71

5

Q4

61

10

71

4

2002

Q1

59

10

71

5

Q2

59

9

71

5

Q3

62

12

71

5

Q4

60

10

71

4

2003

Q1

58

10

72

4

Q2

58

10

71

4

Q3

60

12

72

4

Q4

60

10

72

4

2004

Q1

59

10

72

4

Q2

58

10

72

4

Q3

60

13

72

4

Q4

60

11

72

4

2005

Q1

58

10

73

4

Q2

57

11

72

4

Q3

59

12

72

4

Q4

57

12

72

5

2006

Q1

57

11

72

5

Q2

57

12

73

5

Q3

58

14

72

5

Q4

58

12

72

5

2007

Q1

56

12

72

5

Q2

55

13

72

5

Q3

58

14

72

5

Q4

57

12

72

4

2008

Q1

56

11

73

5

Q2

55

12

73

5

Q3

57

15

72

6

Percentage

35 to 49

50-60

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

Employment rate

Unemployment rate

People

1998

Q1

81

4

67

5

Q2

81

4

67

4

Q3

81

4

68

4

Q4

81

4

68

4

1999

Q1

81

5

68

4

Q2

81

4

68

4

Q3

81

4

68

4

Q4

82

4

68

4

2000

Q1

81

4

68

4

Q2

82

4

69

4

Q3

82

4

69

4

Q4

82

3

69

4

2001

Q1

82

4

69

3

Q2

82

4

70

3

Q3

82

3

69

3

Q4

82

3

70

3

2002

Q1

82

4

69

3

Q2

82

4

70

3

Q3

82

4

70

3

Q4

82

3

70

4

2003

Q1

82

3

70

4

Q2

82

3

71

3

Q3

82

3

71

3

Q4

82

3

71

3

2004

Q1

82

3

71

3

Q2

82

3

71

3

Q3

82

3

71

3

Q4

82

3

72

3

2005

Q1

82

3

72

3

Q2

82

3

72

3

Q3

83

3

72

3

Q4

82

3

72

3

2006

Q1

82

4

72

3

Q2

82

4

73

3

Q3

82

4

72

3

Q4

82

4

72

3

2007

Q1

82

4

72

3

Q2

82

3

72

3

Q3

82

3

72

3

Q4

82

3

73

3

2008

Q1

82

4

73

3

Q2

83

4

73

3

Q3

82

4

73

3

Men

1998

Q1

87

5

74

6

Q2

87

5

75

5

Q3

87

5

75

5

Q4

88

5

76

5

1999

Q1

87

5

76

5

Q2

88

5

75

5

Q3

88

5

75

5

Q4

88

4

75

5

2000

Q1

88

4

75

5

Q2

89

4

75

5

Q3

89

4

76

5

Q4

89

4

76

4

2001

Q1

89

4

77

4

Q2

88

4

77

4

Q3

88

4

77

4

Q4

88

4

77

3

2002

Q1

88

4

76

4

Q2

88

4

77

4

Q3

88

4

77

4

Q4

89

4

77

4

2003

Q1

88

4

77

5

Q2

89

4

78

4

Q3

89

4

78

4

Q4

89

3

77

3

2004

Q1

89

3

77

3

Q2

89

3

78

4

Q3

89

3

78

3

Q4

89

3

78

3

2005

Q1

89

3

78

4

Q2

88

3

79

3

Q3

89

3

79

3

Q4

88

4

79

3

2006

Q1

88

4

79

3

Q2

88

4

79

3

Q3

89

4

78

4

Q4

89

4

78

4

2007

Q1

89

4

78

4

Q2

89

3

78

4

Q3

89

3

78

4

Q4

89

3

79

4

2008

Q1

89

3

79

4

Q2

89

4

79

4

Q3

88

4

79

4

Women

1998

Q1

74

4

59

3

Q2

74

4

60

3

Q3

74

4

60

3

Q4

75

4

60

3

1999

Q1

75

4

61

3

Q2

75

4

61

3

Q3

74

4

60

3

Q4

75

4

61

3

2000

Q1

75

4

61

3

Q2

75

4

62

3

Q3

75

4

62

3

Q4

75

3

62

3

2001

Q1

75

4

62

2

Q2

76

3

63

2

Q3

75

3

62

2

Q4

75

3

63

3

2002

Q1

76

3

63

3

Q2

76

3

63

3

Q3

75

3

63

3

Q4

76

3

64

3

2003

Q1

76

3

64

3

Q2

76

3

65

2

Q3

75

3

65

3

Q4

76

3

64

2

2004

Q1

76

3

65

2

Q2

76

3

65

2

Q3

75

3

65

2

Q4

76

3

65

2

2005

Q1

76

3

65

2

Q2

76

3

66

2

Q3

77

3

66

2

Q4

77

3

65

2

2006

Q1

77

3

66

2

Q2

76

4

66

3

Q3

76

3

66

3

Q4

76

4

67

3

2007

Q1

76

4

67

3

Q2

76

4

67

2

Q3

76

4

67

3

Q4

76

4

67

3

2008

Q1

76

4

67

3

Q2

77

3

68

2

Q3

76

3

68

3

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

Source:

Labour Force Survey