Labour Market Statistics for 16 to 24 year olds: Scotland and the United Kingdom – January to December 2022

Statistics from the Annual Population Survey covering the period from January to December 2022.

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Official and National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Both undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs and are produced free from any political interference.

In May 2021 these statistics were reviewed against the Code of Practice. The review found many positive features that show trustworthiness, quality, and value in this bulletin.

Since then a number of improvements have been made including:

  • incorporating a key findings section
  • presenting the figures as “estimates”
  • including confidence intervals in the tables
  • providing more detailed information on quality assurance carried out while preparing the publication

Additional estimates have also been included for employment levels and rates for people aged 16 to 24 in local authorities.

How to access background or source data

Results are provided for January to December 2004 through to January to December 2022 based on the data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 15 March 2023.

Annual Population Survey data for employment and economic inactivity by age for Scotland, alongside a range of other labour market indicators, are also made available on the Scottish Government Open Data Platform.

ONS also release rolling quarterly Annual Population Survey datasets covering the periods April to March, July to June, and October to September. The data for these time periods have not been used or presented within this publication. The data for these time periods are available on nomis.

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