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

06.10.2015Constituency Casework: Training
This note provides Members of Parliament and their staff with information related to frequently asked questions from constituents about training.
18.09.2015Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
16.09.2015Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.
16.09.2015Unemployment by Constituency, September 2015
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics.
16.09.2015Youth unemployment statistics
723,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in May-July 2015, which is down 17,000 from the previous quarter and down 32,000 from the previous year.
02.09.2015Unemployment 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.
21.08.2015NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
922,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the second quarter of 2015, 12.7% of people in this age group. Schemes introduced by the previous Government with elements aimed at reducing the number of young people who are NEET included: raising the participation age, the Youth Contract and the Work Programme.
16.07.2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill [Bill 51 of 2015-16]
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's provisions; summarises the key measures; and includes relevant comment. The Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 20 July 2015.
15.07.2015Unemployment by Constituency, July 2015
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics.
26.06.2015Work Programme: background and statistics
The Work Programme is the Government's main welfare-to-work scheme, designed to tackle long-term unemployment in Great Britain.

Lords Library Notes

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