To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people moved from (a) unemployed to employed and (b) economically inactive to employed status in each quarter since 2002, broken down by (i) region and (ii) country; and what proportion of the labour force these people represented in (A) each quarter and (B) each area.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the movement of people from unemployment to employment, and from economic inactivity to employment since 2002. (92780)
The Longitudinal Labour Force Survey (LLFS) gives information on the flows over two quarters between the three main economic activity categories of employment, unemployment and inactivity. In any quarter, only around 6 per cent of respondents change their economic activity status. The attached table shows the proportion of the working age population in each of the economic activity categories compared to the previous quarter from 2002 to 2005 for the UK, Due to the small number of respondents who do change their economic activity status, meaningful estimates of the number of people and estimates by country and region are not available These estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are, as with any sample survey, subject to sampling variability.
|Proportions moving between economic statuses from one quarter to the next; 2002-2005, United Kingdom: not seasonally adjusted|
|No change of status between quarters|
|Stayed in employment||Stayed unemployed||Stayed inactive|
|Changed status between quarters|
|Unemployed to employed||Inactive to employed||Inactive to unemployed||Employed to unemployed||Employed to inactive||Unemployed to inactive||Total|
|(1 )Percentage of all working adults, 16-59 (w), 16-64 (m) |
The data relate to the average of the four quarter flows ending at the date shown.
ONS Labour Force Survey