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Understanding statistics on employment, unemployment and earnings

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This note explains the meaning of different concepts within labour market statistics and identifies the key measures and sources to use.

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Much information is available on the state of the UK labour market – numbers and rates of people employed and unemployed, the types of employment undertaken, average earnings, and so on. This note explains the meaning of different concepts and identifies the key measures and sources to use. It also addresses some common misunderstandings and areas where the statistics need to be interpreted with particular care.

Commons Briefing papers SN07119

Authors: Feargal McGuinness; Jennifer Brown

Topics: Employment, Pay, Statistics policy, Unemployment

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