Early data from police forces suggest crimes recorded in England and Wales have fallen since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. For a wider overall picture of crime most users tend to look to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. But the suspension of face-to-face interviewing has forced the ONS to modify this large household survey. In this post Billy Gazard explains what’s changed and what you need to be aware of in interpreting our next set of crime statistics.Read more on What’s happened to crime during the pandemic? How ONS has responded to the measurement challenge
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has clearly hit the economy of all countries very hard, with big falls in GDP across the world. The UK has seen the output of its public services, such as health and education, hit harder than many other countries. Here Rob Kent Smith explains how we measure the contribution of these important services and why we’ve seen such big declines.Read more on Public services: measuring the part they play in the economy through the pandemic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic threw up a number of challenges, including how to measure consumer price inflation. Some people asked what inflation would look like if we rebalanced the figures to take account of the different household spending patterns that lockdown brought on. Here Mike Hardie writes about how we have produced these new, rebalanced numbers and what they show.Read more on Getting the price right: how we have developed new price measures to show how the pandemic has affected inflation
Statistics on the number of business creations and closures are important indicators of the health of the economy. However, the different measures of creation and closure can paint a complex picture. Josh Martin describes some new ways we’re measuring this important metric to support understanding of the longer-run impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.Read more on Understanding the full business impact of the coronavirus pandemic
The ONS uses various data sources to measure changes in the UK labour market. One of those, the ‘Real Time Information’ from the HMRC PAYE system, shows a sharp drop in the number of employees, but the Labour Force Survey does not. Here Jonathan Athow looks at a possible explanation for this seeming contradiction.Read more on A COVID-19 conundrum: why are nearly half a million ‘employees’ not being paid?