The Year in Numbers

The Year in Numbers

To mark the end of 2022, the National Statistician Professor Sir Ian Diamond, looks back on another year of notable statistics which saw the release of over 1,000 publications from the Office for National Statistics.  

Boosting the UK’s research capabilities to help solve the challenges of the day

In an uncertain world, how is public data helping us to tackle complex and cross-cutting issues in society?   

This is just one question we answer in the latest episode of Statistically Speaking, as we take a closer look at an aspect of the ONS’s work that is less well-known but arguably just as important.   Joining Miles for this episode are Jason Yaxley, Director of ONS’ Integrated Data Programme; Bill South, Deputy Director of the Research Services and Data Access division at ONS; and Dr. Becky Arnold, award winning researcher from Keele University.   

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Different ways of measuring trade: Where do our imports come from?

Image of a large red tanker sailing across a dark ocean

The end of the Brexit transition period, the post-pandemic recovery and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have all provoked heightened interest in the ONS trade figures, especially trade by country. While direct imports and exports between the UK and other countries are the most obvious data point, it’s often important to also know where goods have originated from.  

With new figures looking at the impact of sanctions on the UK’s trade with Russia published this morning, in this post Hannah Donnarumma explains the different ways of looking at import figures, and the different perspectives they offer.

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Going local – delivering data for our communities

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Statistics for local levels of geography are essential to understand the issues affecting communities as well as helping all levels of government measure the progress of their policies. Emma Hickman explains how the ONS is rising to meet the challenge of delivering these detailed data.  

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