Although there are some problems with the aggregate figures estimated by the CSO from the Quarterly National Household Survey, the percentages provided by the survey have continued validity. In these cases we can expect that the ‘missing’ 97,000 people who were ‘found’ by the Census will affect both the numerator and denominator.
Here are some unemployment rates from the first quarter of 2006 up to the second quarter of 2011. The rates are provided by gender, age, region, education and nationality. When making overall judgements the size and the labour force participation rate of each group should also be considered but those are not the focus here.
1. Overall unemployment rate
2. Unemployment rate by gender
3. Unemployment rate by age
4. Unemployment rate by education
5. Unemployment rate by region
6. Unemployment rate by nationality