This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on unemployment and the labour market. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

22.07.2016Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.
20.07.2016Youth unemployment statistics
617,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in March-May 2016, down 13,000 from the previous quarter and down 105,000 compared to a year ago.
20.07.2016Unemployment by Constituency, July 2016
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
14.07.2016Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
08.07.2016Abolition of the ESA Work Related Activity Component
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and details the changes to the Work Related Activity Component that will be introduced from April 2017. The paper also includes information on the mitigating support announced by the Government.
21.06.2016NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
865,000 16-24 year-olds - or 12.0% of all young people aged 16-24 - were NEET in January-March 2016, roughly the same as the previous quarter and down 68,000 from a year before.
15.06.2016Unemployment by Constituency, June 2016
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
18.05.2016Unemployment by Constituency, May 2016
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
16.05.2016The Troubled Families programme (England)
The Troubled Families programme works with families with multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, truancy and mental health problems. It is operated at a local authority level on a payment-by-results model.
27.04.2016Unemployment by ethnic background
The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.

Lords Library Notes

12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
03.03.2014Debate on 6 March: The Contribution of Women to the Economy of the UK, to Mark International Women's Day
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the contribution of women to the economy of the UK, to mark International Women's Day.


30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.

Select Committee Reports

13.12.2010Youth unemployment and the Future Jobs Fund.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
21.07.2010Young people not in education, employment or training.
Government response. Education Select Committee report [Commons]
24.03.2010Young people not in education, employment or training.
Children Schools and Families Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House expresses its support for the young people who are taking part in the March for Jobs which, in order to draw attention to the high level of youth unemployment, is retracing ...
That this House notes that the Office of Budget Responsibility forecasts 1.36 million people will be claiming jobseeker's allowance at the start of 2013; further notes that in areas ...
That this House supports Nacro's Change the Record Campaign to give reformed offenders a fair chance of finding work, by reforming the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and decreasing ...
That this House recognises the challenges of ensuring that the long-term unemployed participate in society; remembers with fondness the community programme as a scheme which enabled ...
That this House notes that on 31 March 2010 1,200 Jarvis rail workers were sacked after the company went into administration and Network Rail refused to back a rescue plan; is appalled ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses