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.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
30.03.2015Work Programme: background and statistics
The Work Programme is the Government's main welfare-to-work scheme, designed to tackle long-term unemployment.
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 - National: key economic indicators
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.
18.03.2015Youth unemployment statistics
743,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in November to January 2015, down 12,000 on the previous quarter and down 181,000 on the previous year.
18.03.2015Unemployment: Regional
Unemployment: Regional: Regional data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment.

Research Papers

DateDescription
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.
03.03.2015Economic Indicators, March 2015
This paper features analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators.
18.02.2015Unemployment by Constituency, February 2015
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics
21.01.2015Unemployment by Constituency, January 2015
Labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies published in January 2015, and a summary of the latest national and regional statistics on employment, unemployment , vacancies and earnings
17.12.2014Unemployment by Constituency December 2014
This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics.

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 ...

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.

POST Papers

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.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses