New OECD figures published today suggest the ‘productivity gap’ between the UK and other economies including France, Germany and the USA is smaller than previously thought. The latest estimates follow a re-appraisal of how each country measures the number of hours worked. The development of these improved numbers is in part down to work at ONS.
Ten lords a leaping, three wise men, two turtle doves. Christmas really is all about stats.
This week Pete Benton, Director of Data Collection at ONS, treated BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright and his afternoon audience to a festive feast of seasonal statistics.Read more
Today we’ve released our latest overall assessment of international migration to and from the UK. Fewer EU citizens are arriving but, as Jay Lindop explains, non-EU net migration is at the highest level since 2004.Read more
The relative prosperity of our nations and regions has been under scrutiny again with claims that the UK’s regional inequalities are among the world’s most extreme. But when our regional divide is compared with those of other countries it’s often a case of not comparing like with like.Read more
One in eight children and young people in England now experience difficulties with their mental health . The figures are contained in new estimates by NHS Digital in collaboration with ONS and NatCen Social Research. Tim Vizard summarises the findings.Read more
For months now, UK employment has been sitting at or near record highs. Naturally there has been speculation about what is driving the increase, and whether it is mainly because of people on ‘zero hours contracts.’ Jonathan Athow delves into the figures to show how we measure this important figure and what being ‘unemployed’ actually means for official statistics.Read more