Scottish Cities

Reason for economic inactivity in selected Scottish cities and Scotland, aged 16-64, April 2016-March 2017

Economic Inactivity Categories - Scottish Cities (2018)

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The reasons for economic inactivity differ between the Scottish cities.  Glasgow has the highest proportion of people who are economically inactive due to long-term sickness but a lower proportion who are inactive due to being a student than in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Note

Being economically inactive is an economical concept used by governments to describe those neither in employment nor unemployed.  The official definition (from ONS) of being economically inactive is given below:

Economically inactive people are not in employment, but do not satisfy all the criteria for unemployment. This group is comprised of those who want a job but who have not been seeking work in the last 4 weeks, those who want a job and are seeking work but not available to start and those who do not want a job. For example, students not working or seeking work and those in retirement are classed as economically inactive. It can be useful for some purposes to consider only those who are both economically inactive and not of state pension age.

 

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