Working Age percentage of population Percentage of population : Time Series by Statistical Group

  Total Job Seeker
ESA and incapacity
benefits
Lone Parent
Carer
Others on income related
benefit
Disabled
Bereaved
Unknown
  % of pop   % of pop   % of pop   % of pop   % of pop   % of pop   % of pop   % of pop   % of pop
Time Series 5,531.06 15.9 1,181.86 3.4 2,655.38 7.6 945.06 2.7 316.13 0.9 222.31 0.6 - . - . 210.31 0.6
AUG99
NOV99 5,432.27 15.6 1,083.03 3.1 2,674.71 7.7 930.24 2.7 316.50 0.9 218.37 0.6 - . - . 209.42 0.6
FEB00 5,493.93 15.8 1,154.97 3.3 2,676.39 7.7 923.47 2.7 313.58 0.9 216.97 0.6 - . - . 208.55 0.6
MAY00 5,371.03 15.4 1,037.01 3.0 2,686.30 7.7 919.43 2.6 310.88 0.9 210.80 0.6 - . - . 206.61 0.6
AUG00 5,363.82 15.3 1,015.83 2.9 2,714.85 7.8 920.10 2.6 309.67 0.9 197.95 0.6 - . - . 205.42 0.6
NOV00 5,288.68 15.1 948.66 2.7 2,722.57 7.8 905.76 2.6 311.56 0.9 196.69 0.6 - . - . 203.44 0.6
FEB01 5,359.76 15.2 1,001.08 2.8 2,750.45 7.8 908.21 2.6 313.96 0.9 182.81 0.5 - . - . 203.26 0.6
MAY01 5,261.80 14.9 909.15 2.6 2,753.66 7.8 900.43 2.6 319.59 0.9 180.15 0.5 - . - . 198.83 0.6
AUG01 5,262.72 14.9 907.68 2.6 2,763.62 7.8 900.22 2.5 323.83 0.9 175.41 0.5 - . - . 191.97 0.5
NOV01 5,197.15 14.7 880.36 2.5 2,746.02 7.8 878.59 2.5 328.62 0.9 179.08 0.5 - . - . 184.48 0.5
FEB02 5,264.21 14.8 955.45 2.7 2,745.58 7.7 877.11 2.5 332.02 0.9 176.62 0.5 - . - . 177.43 0.5
MAY02 5,455.75 15.4 877.38 2.5 2,765.73 7.8 870.95 2.5 335.79 0.9 165.60 0.5 245.27 0.7 195.02 0.5 - .
AUG02 5,481.48 15.4 890.54 2.5 2,769.36 7.8 875.04 2.5 339.91 1.0 167.19 0.5 249.72 0.7 189.71 0.5 - .
NOV02 5,428.63 15.2 850.05 2.4 2,776.56 7.8 856.23 2.4 343.72 1.0 161.36 0.5 256.58 0.7 184.13 0.5 - .
FEB03 5,514.28 15.4 946.16 2.7 2,776.54 7.8 848.85 2.4 346.17 1.0 156.33 0.4 260.92 0.7 179.31 0.5 - .
MAY03 5,459.68 15.3 885.78 2.5 2,773.61 7.8 855.81 2.4 347.94 1.0 155.96 0.4 266.25 0.7 174.33 0.5 - .
AUG03 5,425.85 15.1 851.37 2.4 2,777.06 7.8 851.73 2.4 350.41 1.0 155.26 0.4 270.15 0.8 169.88 0.5 - .
NOV03 5,363.74 14.9 803.88 2.2 2,780.49 7.7 831.75 2.3 353.25 1.0 154.20 0.4 275.51 0.8 164.67 0.5 - .
FEB04 5,426.42 15.1 867.42 2.4 2,777.53 7.7 830.25 2.3 355.81 1.0 155.20 0.4 280.12 0.8 160.09 0.4 - .
MAY04 5,327.35 14.8 777.40 2.2 2,772.85 7.7 823.27 2.3 359.25 1.0 155.42 0.4 283.33 0.8 155.83 0.4 - .
AUG04 5,321.26 14.8 769.25 2.1 2,774.93 7.7 818.10 2.3 360.08 1.0 158.20 0.4 289.12 0.8 151.59 0.4 - .
NOV04 5,270.77 14.6 741.06 2.1 2,772.18 7.7 796.53 2.2 361.42 1.0 157.94 0.4 294.15 0.8 147.49 0.4 - .
FEB05 5,327.77 14.7 819.68 2.3 2,757.65 7.6 793.13 2.2 362.04 1.0 153.93 0.4 297.23 0.8 144.11 0.4 - .
MAY05 5,289.13 14.6 800.66 2.2 2,741.62 7.6 789.32 2.2 363.76 1.0 151.09 0.4 300.96 0.8 141.73 0.4 - .
AUG05 5,302.72 14.6 825.11 2.3 2,725.47 7.5 789.35 2.2 365.08 1.0 153.71 0.4 305.84 0.8 138.17 0.4 - .
NOV05 5,287.66 14.5 836.71 2.3 2,710.50 7.4 778.56 2.1 363.34 1.0 155.74 0.4 309.31 0.8 133.51 0.4 - .
FEB06 5,384.74 14.7 935.20 2.6 2,705.47 7.4 777.09 2.1 368.66 1.0 153.06 0.4 313.85 0.9 131.40 0.4 - .
MAY06 5,325.77 14.6 895.88 2.4 2,688.02 7.3 774.86 2.1 368.50 1.0 152.70 0.4 317.04 0.9 128.78 0.4 - .
AUG06 5,335.22 14.6 900.92 2.5 2,683.00 7.3 783.18 2.1 369.81 1.0 153.12 0.4 319.13 0.9 126.06 0.3 - .
NOV06 5,288.34 14.4 860.22 2.3 2,672.96 7.3 775.62 2.1 371.71 1.0 161.10 0.4 326.64 0.9 120.09 0.3 - .
FEB07 5,321.68 14.5 904.04 2.5 2,662.13 7.3 771.35 2.1 373.83 1.0 163.32 0.4 329.75 0.9 117.26 0.3 - .
MAY07 5,207.27 14.2 807.27 2.2 2,643.21 7.2 765.62 2.1 374.84 1.0 167.05 0.5 335.13 0.9 114.15 0.3 - .
AUG07 5,187.14 14.1 788.45 2.1 2,641.11 7.2 763.55 2.1 376.03 1.0 167.84 0.5 340.61 0.9 109.55 0.3 - .
NOV07 5,124.68 13.9 741.10 2.0 2,641.70 7.2 741.83 2.0 379.35 1.0 167.29 0.5 346.16 0.9 107.25 0.3 - .
FEB08 5,174.88 14.0 806.70 2.2 2,617.88 7.1 741.71 2.0 384.49 1.0 169.95 0.5 349.38 0.9 104.78 0.3 - .
MAY08 5,142.63 14.0 787.87 2.1 2,595.83 7.0 738.64 2.0 387.56 1.1 173.33 0.5 356.50 1.0 102.90 0.3 - .
AUG08 5,232.88 14.2 868.73 2.4 2,590.61 7.0 744.68 2.0 392.73 1.1 176.23 0.5 360.08 1.0 99.81 0.3 - .
NOV08 5,404.12 14.6 1,036.48 2.8 2,605.51 7.1 728.98 2.0 396.80 1.1 178.84 0.5 360.47 1.0 97.04 0.3 - .
FEB09 5,802.48 15.7 1,421.60 3.8 2,603.54 7.0 736.04 2.0 400.12 1.1 181.88 0.5 363.82 1.0 95.49 0.3 - .
MAY09 5,836.50 15.7 1,443.00 3.9 2,621.43 7.0 720.48 1.9 405.56 1.1 183.22 0.5 368.94 1.0 93.87 0.3 - .
AUG09 5,895.65 15.8 1,485.32 4.0 2,632.74 7.1 715.73 1.9 412.97 1.1 184.46 0.5 373.10 1.0 91.33 0.2 - .
NOV09 5,857.13 15.7 1,469.92 3.9 2,618.38 7.0 695.72 1.9 418.53 1.1 188.23 0.5 377.95 1.0 88.40 0.2 - .
FEB10 5,917.56 15.9 1,526.01 4.1 2,614.76 7.0 692.02 1.9 422.08 1.1 191.35 0.5 383.28 1.0 88.06 0.2 - .

DEFINITIONS AND CONVENTIONS: "-" Nil or Negligible; "." Not applicable; Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; Some additional disclosure control has also been applied. Average amounts are shown as pounds per week and rounded to the nearest penny. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
SOURCE: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Notes:
Percentage of population Monthly population estimates based on mid year population figures from the Office for National Statistics. Recent figures produced using Population projections for latest years.
Time Series As no data are held for Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance in the WPLS before May 2002, there is a discontinuity in the series at that point. Figures are valid for Job Seeker, Incapacity Benefits, Lone Parent, Carer and Other on Income Related Benefit statistical groups before May 2002. Please note Carer figures for November 2005 are currently under investigation.
In addition, Employment and Support Allowance replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27 October 2008. Prior to this the "incapacity benefits group" referred to claimants of Incapacity Benefit (including credits only) or Severe Disablement Allowance including people claiming IS on the grounds of Incapacity.

Statistical Group Statistical Group is a hierarchical variable. A person who fits into more than one category will only appear in the top-most one for which they are eligible. For example a claimant of Disability Living Allowance and Jobseekers Allowance would appear in "Job Seeker", not in "Disabled". For more information see http://83.244.183.180/100pc/wapopg/tabtool_wapopg.html.
Statistical Group Lone Parents are defined as claimants on Income Support with child under 16 and no partner. Lone Parent Obligations were introduced from 24th November 2008 affecting the age of the youngest child. Further details are provided in the Background Information: http://83.244.183.180/100pc/wapopg/tabtool_wapopg.html
Statistical Group From November 2008 the "incapacity benefits group" includes Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). ESA replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27th October 2008. Prior to this the "incapacity benefits group" referred to claimants of Incapacity Benefit (including credits only) or Severe Disablement Allowance including people claiming IS on the grounds of Incapacity.

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