Employment Statistics

Treasury written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

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.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 12 October 2006:

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
Percentage( 1)
No change of status between quarters
Stayed in employment Stayed unemployed Stayed inactive
Winter/spring 2002 71.7 2.2 19.0
Spring/summer2002 71.7 2.1 13.0
Summer/autumn 2002 71.8 2.1 18.9
Autumn/winter 2002 71.8 2.1 19.9
Winter/spring 2003 71.9 2.1 18.8
Spring/summer 2003 71.9 2.1 18.9
Summer/autumn 2003 72..0 2.1 18.9
Autumn/winter 2003 72.0 2.0 18.0
Winter/spring 2004 72.0 2.0 16.9
Spring/summer 2004 72.0 1.9 18,9
Summer/autumn 2004 72.1 1.9 18.9
Autumn/winter 2004 71.7 1.9 18.8
Winter/spring 2005 72.1 1.9 18.9
Spring/summer 2005 72.1 1.9 18.9
Summer/autumn 2005 72.1 2.0 189
Autumn/winter 2005 72.0 2.0 18.7
Percentage( 1)
Changed status between quarters
Unemployed to employed Inactive to employed Inactive to unemployed Employed to unemployed Employed to inactive Unemployed to inactive Total
Winter/spring 2002 1.2 1.3 0.9 1.0 1.4 0.7 too
Spring/summer 2002 1.2 1.3 1.0 1.0 14 0.7 100
Summer/autumn 2002 1.2 1.3 1.0 1.0 14 0.8 100
Autumn/winter 2002 1.3 1.3 1.0 1.0 14 0.8 100
Winter/spring 2003 1.2 1.3 0.9 1.0 14 0.8 100
Spring/summer 2003 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.9 14 0.8 100
Summer/autumn 2003 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.9 14 0.7 100
Autumn/winter 2003 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.9 1.5 0.7 100
Winter/spring 2004 1.2 1.4 0.9 0.9 1.5 0.8 100
Spring/summer 2004 1.2 1.4 1.0 0.9 15 0.7 100
Summer/autumn 2004 1.2 1.4 1.0 0.9 15 0.8 100
Autumn/winter 2004 1.1 1.4 1.0 0.9 15 0.8 100
Winter/spring 2005 1.2 1.4 1.0 0.9 14 0.8 100
Spring/summer 2005 1.1 1.3 1.0 0.9 1.4 0.8 100
Summer/autumn 2005 1.1 1.3 1.0 0.9 14 0.7 100
Autumn/winter 2005 1.1 1.4 1.0 0.9 15 0.8 100
(1 )Percentage of all working adults, 16-59 (w), 16-64 (m)

Note:

The data relate to the average of the four quarter flows ending at the date shown.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey

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