The rise of Britons who drop out of the labor force puts the UK fourth in the global league table of economic inactivity

The rise of Britons who drop out of the labor force puts the UK behind only Colombia, Chile and Switzerland in the global league table of economic inactivity.

  • Britain is experiencing the fourth-highest increase in economic inactivity since Covid
  • Only Colombia, Chile and Switzerland saw a larger increase in inactivity rates
  • 565,000 more Britons are out of work but also not actively looking for work compared to 2019

New data showed that Britain witnessed the fourth highest increase in economic inactivity since the start of the Covid pandemic, among the major economies in the world.

A study by the Office for National Statistics revealed that only Colombia, Chile and Switzerland have seen a greater increase in rates of economic inactivity since the end of 2019.

The UK is also one of only seven countries out of 37 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that still have a higher rate of inactivity than it did before the coronavirus crisis.

There are 565,000 more Britons who are economically inactive – those who do not work but are not actively looking for work – than there were before the Covid pandemic.

Most of them can be found among people over the age of 50 who have become long-term patients.

The ONS study found that there was an increase in inactivity rates for all 37 OECD economies at the onset of the Covid crisis.

But only about a fifth of these countries still have a higher rate of inactivity than before the pandemic, including Britain.

The Office for National Statistics said it means the UK is one of only four countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development where the decline in the employment rate compared to before Covid is driven by a rise in economic inactivity rather than a rise in unemployment.

A study by the Office for National Statistics revealed that only Colombia, Chile and Switzerland have seen a greater increase in their rates of economic inactivity than the United Kingdom since the end of 2019.

A study by the Office for National Statistics revealed that only Colombia, Chile and Switzerland have seen a greater increase in their rates of economic inactivity than the United Kingdom since the end of 2019.

The UK is one of only four countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development where the decline in the employment rate was driven by a rise in the rate of economic inactivity rather than an increase in unemployment

The UK is one of only four countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development where the decline in the employment rate was driven by a rise in the rate of economic inactivity rather than an increase in unemployment

It found that the increase in economic inactivity in Britain was the fastest on record but also lasted longer than expected

It found that the increase in economic inactivity in Britain was the fastest on record but also lasted longer than expected

In their assessment of the “participation conundrum” of the British labor market, it was found that the increase in economic inactivity was the fastest of all but also lasted longer than expected.

The Office for National Statistics said: “The UK is one of the few developed economies still facing the ‘participation conundrum’, which may be indicative of health concerns for workers having a greater impact on workforce participation in the UK.

The high prevalence of long-term disease was found to be the main cause of inactivity.

The ONS has previously found that while there was an increase in long-term illness before Covid, it spread more quickly in the aftermath of the pandemic.

There has been a rise in the incidence of other health problems, which would cover conditions similar to the long-running coronavirus and mental illness, during this period.

The Office for National Statistics has also found some evidence that the pandemic has had an effect on how likely an older person is to become inactive, especially those 65 and over.

There was an increase in inactivity rates for all 37 OECD countries as lockdown restrictions were imposed across the world in 2020.

But the Office for National Statistics found that the persistence of this effect on economic inactivity was not the same for all countries, as the vast majority now have a lower rate of inactivity than they did before Covid.

“The evidence to date suggests that some of the behavioral changes of workers in their ability and willingness to work were more specific to the UK,” the study added.

The challenge of a declining active population would not appear to be a global phenomenon, highlighting that the UK may face specific challenges if these inactive workers do not return to the workforce.

“There are still doubts about whether this impact on participation will be a permanent feature of the pandemic, although in the UK the conundrum of participation remains a challenge for policymakers.”

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