Scotland

Wanting paid work

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By age group

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Graph 3: Shares

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Graph 4: By local authority

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Map

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Graph 5: Compared to the United Kingdom

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the number of people aged 16 to retirement who lack, but want, paid work.  It is divided between the long-term unemployed, the short-term unemployed and those counted as 'economically inactive' who nevertheless want paid work.

'Unemployment' is the ILO definition, which is used for the official government unemployment numbers.  It comprises all those with no paid work in the survey week who were available to start work in the next fortnight and who either looked for work in the last month or were waiting to start a job already obtained.

The 'economically inactive who want paid work' includes people not available to start work for some time and those not actively seeking work.  The data is based on a question asking the economically inactive whether they would like paid work or not.

The second graph shows how the proportions either unemployed or economically inactive but wanting paid work vary by age and sex.

The third graph shows the shares of those who lack, but want, paid work by group.

The fourth graph and map shows how the proportion of the population aged 16 to retirement who lack, but want, paid work varies by local authority.

The fifth graph shows how the proportion of the population of the population aged 16 to retirement who lack, but want, paid work in Scotland compares with the rest of the United Kingdom, with the proportions who are unemployed and economically inactive but wanting paid work shown separately.

The data source for all the graphs bar the fourth is the Labour Force Survey (LFS).  To improve its statistical reliability, the figures for each year are the average for the four quarters of the relevant year.  For the fourth graph and map, the data comes from the Annual Population Survey, which is effectively LFS with selected booster samples to compensate for small sample sizes in some authorities.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The LFS is large, a well-established, quarterly government survey designed to be representative of the population as a whole.

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External links

See the New Deal website.

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