42. Economically inactive
Percentage of people of working age who
are economically inactive, 1992 to 2006
|Economically inactive since:
- People who are economically inactive (neither employed nor actively
seeking work) have represented between 21 and 22 per cent of the working
age population since 1992.
- 7.8 million people were economically inactive in 2005, up from 7.3
million in 1992. Of these 7.8 million, 40 per cent were male and 60
per cent female.
- The percentage of men economically inactive rose from 13.5 per cent
to 16.3 per cent. The percentage for women fell from 29.2 per cent to
26.0 per cent.
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