To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaf and (b) blind and partially sighted people who are unemployed; and if he will make a statement.
There are estimated to be around 3,000 people who have difficulty hearing and are unemployed. An additional 17,000 people who have difficulty hearing are estimated to be out of work but not actively seeking work. Separate figures for the numbers who are deaf and unemployed are not available.
There are estimated to be around 3,000 people who are blind or visually impaired and unemployed. An additional 42,000 people who are blind or visually impaired are estimated to be out of work but not actively seeking work.
1. Estimates are averages across four quarters and rounded to the nearest 1,000.
2. The number of people who are deaf and unemployed is not available because this information is not collected in the Labour Force Survey.
3. The estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey and are therefore subject to sampling errors. As a result, the above estimates for numbers unemployed may be up to 20 per cent. higher or lower than the true value.
Labour Force Survey 2005-06.