Unemployment

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

DateDescription
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.
25.06.2015Work experience schemes
This note summarises current Government work experience schemes and includes an overview of previous schemes.
19.06.2015Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
19.06.2015Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.
17.06.2015Unemployment by Constituency, June 2015
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics.
17.06.2015Youth unemployment statistics
740,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in February to April 2015, about the same as the previous quarter and down 115,000 on the previous year.
21.05.2015NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
943,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the first quarter of 2015, 13.0% 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.
13.05.2015Unemployment by constituency, May 2015
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics.
27.03.2015New Enterprise Allowance
The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to help unemployed people who want to start their own business.
18.03.2015Unemployment by Constituency, March 2015
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
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.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
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

DateDescription
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

DateDescription
16.03.2011YOUTH MARCH FOR JOBS
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 ...
19.01.2011HOUSING BENEFIT AND LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT
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 ...
15.09.2010NACRO'S CHANGE THE RECORD CAMPAIGN
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 ...
22.07.2010LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED
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 ...
22.06.2010JARVIS AND RAIL ENGINEERING JOBS
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 ...

Glossary

  • 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