Unemployment: Older People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Liberal Democrat, Yeovil

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people between the ages of (a) 50 and 55, (b) 55 and 60 and (c) 60 and 65 are not in employment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated November 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of people between the ages of a) 50 and 55 b) 55 and 60 and c) 60 and 65 are not in employment (25668).

The table provided shows Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates for individuals not in employment the UK.

Table 1: Number and proportion of people of who are not employed in the UK
Quarter three 2010
Not seasonally adjusted
Age Thousand Percentage( 1)
50 to 54 823 20.7
55 to 59 1,026 28.9
60 to 64 2,084 56.0
(1) Percentage of relevant age band population.

Source:

Labour Force Survey

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