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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10378: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding whether the unemployment statistics from the Office for National Statistics take account of self-employed job losses in the oil and gas sector.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 August 2017

The Office for National Statistics estimates the level and rate of unemployment based on International Labour Organisation definitions. Further information can be can be found at https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment:

Unemployed people are defined as those without a job who have been actively seeking work in the past 4 weeks and are available to start work in the next 2 weeks. It also includes those who are out of work but have found a job and are waiting to start it in the next 2 weeks.

Therefore in the situation where there has been a self-employed job loss in the oil and gas sector, if the person meets the criteria of being unemployed, as defined above they would be included in the unemployment statistics estimate.