Employment Statistics

Treasury written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State), Wales Office

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate has been in each of the last 30 years.

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 16 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about employment rates over the last thirty years. (93745)

The attached table gives the employment rates by gender from 1976 to 2006. These are based on an annual average ending in December for each year.

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

Employment rates( 1) for people of working age( 2) by gender, 1976 to 2006, United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted
Percentage
12 months ending December each year All persons Men Women
1976 75 89 59
1977 74 88 59
1978 74 88 59
1979 74 87 60
1980 73 85 60
1981 71 82 59
1982 69 79 58
1983 68 78 58
1984 69 78 59
1985 70 78 61
1986 70 78 61
1987 71 79 63
1988 73 81 65
1989 75 82 66
1990 75 82 67
1991 73 79 66
1992 71 76 65
1993 70 75 65
1994 71 76 65
1995 71 76 66
1996 72 77 67
1997 73 78 67
1998 73 78 68
1999 74 79 69
2000 74 79 69
2001 75 79 69
2002 75 79 70
2003 75 79 70
2004 75 79 70
2005 75 79 70
2006(3) 75 79 70
(1 )People in employment as a percentage of all persons.

(2) Men aged 16 to 64 and women age 16 to 59.

(3 )Seven months ending July 2006.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)

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