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Unemployment

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK were unemployed in accordance with the International Labour Organization definition of unemployment in each year since 1997. (255738)

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 February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people in the UK were unemployed in accordance with the International Labour Organisation definition of unemployment in each year since 1997. (255738)

The information requested is provided in the attached table. The estimates are consistent with those published in Table 1 of the Labour Market Statistics First Release Historical Supplement, which is available on the National Statistics website via the following link:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/OnlineProducts/LMS_FR_HS.asp

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

Unemployed people aged 16 and over, three month period ending December, 1997 to 2008, United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted

Total (Thousand)

1997

1,865

1998

1,765

1999

1,684

2000

1,519

2001

1,519

2002

1,514

2003

1,457

2004

1,423

2005

1,566

2006

1,698

2007

1,602

2008

1,971

Note:

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

Source:

Labour Force Survey