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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

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.