Annual Population Survey in Scotland 2007: A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics

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Economic inactivity

People who are economically inactive are neither employed nor unemployed. Those who are economically inactive are not in work and are not seeking/available for work. Reasons for economic inactivity include being sick or disabled, looking after family or home, being a student and taking early retirement.

All persons

The economic inactivity rate of working age people in Scotland was estimated to be 20.1% in 2007 (Table 16). The total number of working age people who were economically inactive was estimated to be 644,000. Of those who were economically inactive 27.6% want to work ( Table 17).

Table 17 shows the number, and proportion, of those who are inactive but want to work. People who are inactive may have a willingness to work but are not available or able to do so.

In 2007, the proportion of inactive people who wanted to work was highest in Angus with 34.8% of those inactive stating that they would like to work.

The pattern of high inactivity and high willingness to work is also apparent when considering the deprivation of areas. In 2007, the proportion of inactive people living in the 15% most deprived areas who wanted to work was estimated to be 31.4%, higher than the estimated rate for the rest of Scotland at 26.4%.

Table 16: Economic inactivity rates and levels for working age people, 2006-2007

Geography
(Residence Based)

2006

2007

Proportion

Proportion

Level

Scotland

20.0%

20.1%

644,000

Local Authority Area

Aberdeen City

15.6%

17.4%

23,700

Aberdeenshire

15.5%

15.6%

22,900

Angus

15.0%

16.2%

10,400

Argyll & Bute

16.5%

16.4%

8,500

Clackmannanshire

23.2%

25.3%

7,600

Dumfries & Galloway

16.9%

19.0%

16,300

Dundee City

23.4%

22.4%

19,800

East Ayrshire

22.7%

21.5%

15,700

East Dunbartonshire

15.3%

18.9%

11,900

East Lothian

18.5%

17.9%

9,900

East Renfrewshire

18.2%

19.0%

10,100

Edinburgh, City of

19.2%

19.7%

62,100

Eilean Siar

15.6%

17.7%

2,700

Falkirk

17.1%

18.5%

17,300

Fife

18.6%

18.8%

41,900

Glasgow City

29.9%

28.3%

108,800

Highland

17.6%

15.9%

20,800

Inverclyde

22.2%

24.8%

12,300

Midlothian

14.1%

15.1%

7,300

Moray

17.7%

17.2%

8,900

North Ayrshire

22.5%

23.5%

19,200

North Lanarkshire

22.0%

22.6%

46,000

Orkney Islands

16.1%

11.2%

1,300

Perth & Kinross

17.1%

18.7%

15,500

Renfrewshire

19.6%

20.9%

22,000

Scottish Borders

17.5%

16.1%

10,500

Shetland Islands

10.5%

10.4%

1,400

South Ayrshire

20.6%

18.8%

12,400

South Lanarkshire

18.9%

18.5%

35,400

Stirling

21.4%

19.2%

10,400

West Dunbartonshire

21.1%

20.8%

11,900

West Lothian

16.7%

17.7%

18,900

Deprivation

15% Most Deprived Areas

34.7%

33.8%

151,600

Rest of Scotland

17.5%

17.9%

492,400

Urban/Rural Classification (6 fold)

Large Urban Areas

22.8%

22.7%

289,500

Other Urban Areas

18.6%

19.1%

176,700

Accessible Small Towns

19.2%

19.6%

56,000

Remote Small Towns

18.5%

18.7%

20,600

Accessible Rural

16.2%

16.1%

66,300

Remote Rural

18.5%

18.3%

34,900

Enterprise Region

Highlands & Islands

16.8%

15.6%

40,500

Rest of Scotland

20.3%

20.5%

603,500