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Employment

Treasury written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Edward O'Hara Edward O'Hara Labour, Knowsley South

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployed, (ii) economically inactive and wanting work and (iii) economically inactive and not wanting work in each year since 1997; and how many were (A) aged 50 to 54, (B) aged 55 to 59, (C) aged 60 to 64 and (D) aged over 65 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 January 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the numbers of men and women who are unemployed and economically inactive (i) wanting a job and (ii) not wanting a job by age in each year since 1997. (114626)

The eight tables attached give estimates of the numbers of men and women resident in the United Kingdom who are unemployed and economically inactive by gender and age. This includes inactive people who (i) want a job and (ii) do not want a job for the three months ending June each year since 1997. Comparable estimates are not available for 1998 and 2000.

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.

Table 1: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 1997
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 2,013 17,009 2,560 14,449
50-54 147 781 206 574
55-59 121 1,080 227 853
60-64 62 1,688 208 1,481
65+ 12 8,344 80 8,264
Men
Total 16+ 1,248 6,199 1,017 5,181
50-54 93 264 95 168
55-59 84 373 110 263
60-64 55 650 135 515
65+ 9 3,397 80 3,317
Women
Total 16+ 765 10,811 1,543 9,268
50-54 54 517 111 406
55-59 37 707 117 590
60-64 7 1,038 73 965
65+ 3 4,947 (1) 4,947
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 2: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 1999
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,695 17,108 2,458 14,650
50-54 124 822 229 592
55-59 98 1,075 225 850
60-64 53 1,779 204 1,574
65+ 10 8,364 64 8,300
Men
Total 16+ 1,034 6,315 1,006 5,309
50-54 79 275 102 173
55-59 66 386 119 267
60-64 44 687 140 547
65+ 9 3,434 64 3,370
Women
Total 16+ 661 10,793 1,453 9,340
50-54 45 546 127 419
55-59 32 689 105 583
60-64 9 1,092 64 1,028
65+ 1 4,930 (1) 4,929
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 3: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 2001
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,408 17,337 2,341 14,996
50-54 93 808 218 590
55-59 73 1,115 215 901
60-64 40 1,749 180 1,569
65+ 9 8,482 58 8,423
Men
Total 16+ 849 6,548 982 5,566
50-54 61 268 101 167
55-59 52 410 114 296
60-64 35 686 118 568
65+ 7 3,528 58 3,470
Women
Total 16+ 559 10,789 1,359 9,430
50-54 32 540 116 423
55-59 21 705 101 604
60-64 5 1,063 62 1,002
65+ 2 4,954 (1) 4,954
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 4: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 2002
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,456 17,365 2,402 14,963
50-54 104 762 202 560
55-59 83 1,148 248 900
60-64 42 1,741 180 1,561
65+ 13 8,491 72 8,419
Men
Total 16+ 877 6,617 1,020 5,597
50-54 62 266 92 174
55-59 56 420 132 287
60-64 33 687 118 569
65+ 10 3,555 71 3,484
Women
Total 16+ 578 10,748 1,382 9,366
50-54 42 495 109 386
55-59 26 728 116 612
60-64 9 1,054 62 992
65+ 3 4,936 (1) 4,935
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 5: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 2003
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,401 17,400 2,288 15,112
50-54 98 699 190 509
55-59 90 1,119 227 892
60-64 28 1,707 179 1,529
65+ 12 8,506 60 8,446
Men
Total 16+ 850 6,580 981 5,599
50-54 58 239 89 150
55-59 66 404 111 293
60-64 23 632 106 526
65+ 9 3,566 59 3,507
Women
Total 16+ 551 10,821 1,307 9,513
50-54 40 460 100 359
55-59 24 715 115 599
60-64 5 1,075 73 1,002
65+ 3 4,940 (1) 4,939
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 6: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 2004
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,368 17,519 2,137 15,381
50-54 81 700 170 529
55-59 82 1,161 204 957
60-64 36 1,712 152 1,560
65+ 10 8,534 57 8,477
Men
Total 16+ 803 6,737 917 5,820
50-54 51 245 84 161
55-59 58 421 98 323
60-64 30 650 101 549
65+ 8 3,605 57 3,549
Women
Total 16+ 565 10,782 1,220 9,562
50-54 30 454 86 368
55-59 24 741 107 634
60-64 6 1,062 51 1,011
65+ 2 4,928 (1) 4,928
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 7: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 2005
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,364 17,600 2,195 15,405
50-54 87 666 171 495
55-59 76 1,145 196 949
60-64 31 1,764 140 1,624
65+ 10 8,560 60 8,499
Men
Total 16+ 792 6,826 903 5,923
50-54 50 224 72 151
55-59 51 427 93 334
60-64 25 673 88 585
65+ 7 3,639 60 3,579
Women
Total 16+ 573 10,774 1,292 9,482
50-54 37 442 99 343
55-59 25 718 103 615
60-64 5 1,091 53 1,039
65+ 3 4,920 (1) 4,920
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Table 8: Unemployed and inactive people by gender and age, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted—Three months ending June 2006
Thousand
Unemployed Inactive
Total Total Wants job Does not want job
All persons
Total 16+ 1,604 17,466 2,206 15,261
50-54 96 640 168 472
55-59 84 1,122 202 920
60-64 38 1,786 184 1,602
65+ 14 8,548 62 8,486
Men
Total 16+ 924 6,787 954 5,833
50-54 57 213 70 143
55-59 53 416 99 317
60-64 26 689 115 574
65+ 11 3,635 62 3,573
Women
Total 16+ 680 10,679 1,251 9,428
50-54 39 427 98 329
55-59 31 706 103 603
60-64 12 1,096 68 1,028
65+ 3 4,913 (1) 4,912
(1) Estimates are taken from the LFS. Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)

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