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House of Commons Hansard
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11 March 2010
Volume 507
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people have moved from being (a) unemployed and (b) economically inactive to employed in each quarter in each (i) region and (ii) country of the UK since 2007; and what proportion of the labour force this represented in each (A) quarter and (B) such area. [321064]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people have moved from being (a) unemployed and (b) economically inactive to employed in each quarter in each (i) region and (ii) country of the UK since 2007; and what proportion of the labour force this represented in each (A) quarter and (B) such area. (321064)

Estimates for the working age population of the UK are provided in the attached table. They are derived from datasets extracted from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which enable the estimation of the labour market status of people surveyed in two successive quarters. These datasets are made publicly available as the “LFS Longitudinal Datasets”. Estimates for the regions and countries within the UK, and for all people aged 16 and over, are not available due to sample size restrictions and the limitations of the estimation methodology.

As with any estimates extracted from sample surveys, the figures provided are subject to a margin of uncertainty. More precise estimates of the quality of the estimates provided in this answer are not available.

Estimated quarterly flows1 from unemployment and from economic inactivity into employment, working age people2, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Flows (Thousand)

Flows as a percentage of total economically active

Unemployment to employment

Economic inactivity to employment

Unemployment to employment

Economic inactivity to employment

2007

Q1

376

406

1.3

1.4

Q2

448

478

1.5

1.6

Q3

454

655

1.5

2.2

Q4

567

528

1.9

1.8

2008

Q1

395

453

1.3

1.5

Q2

421

444

1.4

1.5

Q3

409

600

1.4

2.0

Q4

549

503

1.8

1.7

2009

Q1

370

359

1.2

1.2

Q2

450

330

1.5

1.1

Q3

555

518

1.8

1.7

Q4

582

405

1.9

1.4

1 From the previous calendar quarter to the quarter shown.

2 Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey Longitudinal Datasets