Figure 2.1: Proportion of economically active adults unemployed (1) for over 12 months: by age group, 1992 to 2014 (2)
Source: Labour Force Survey - Office for National Statistics
Annual figures are represented by the October to December period each year.
International Labour Organisation definition – “Looked for work in the last 4 weeks and available to start job within 2 weeks, or waiting to start a job". Duration of unemployment is the length of time the respondent reports they have been looking for work (or the period since they left their last job if that is shorter). Its accuracy depends on respondent recall, and it is not possible to measure for certain whether the respondent was unemployed for a continuous period of 12 months or more. Trends in these figures may be affected by welfare reforms that are helping people previously in receipt of inactivity benefits to start looking for work and become unemployed. Many of these people will have been out of work for an extended period of time and are therefore more likely to report that they have been looking for work for 12 months or more, even if that didn't involve active job search.