Employment (Older People)

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the unemployment rates for the 55-plus age group in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the United Kingdom.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

We are providing a wide range of services through Jobcentre Plus to help people aged over 55 looking for work. This includes job-search help and advice, training, and in-work financial support. These programmes have contributed to the reduction in the level of unemployment. The available information is in the table.

Unemployment rate of people aged 55 or over(5)
West Midlands UK
1997 5.5 5.5
2002 3.5 3.3

(5) Figures show the unemployed, based on the International Labour Organisation definition, as a proportion of economically active people.


Data has not been aligned with Census of Population data.


Labour Force Survey, four quarter averages

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