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Activity last week

  • Mnemonic reference


  • Applicability


  • Type

    Derived variable


This is an indicator of a person’s employment status in the week before census - whether it be employed, unemployed (i.e. available to start a job and seeking a job or available to start a job and actually waiting to start a job already obtained), or their status if not employed and not seeking employment.


Total number of categories 8

Code Name
01 Working
02 Unemployed
03 Economically inactive - student
04 Economically inactive - retired
05 Economically inactive - long-term sick or disabled
06 Economically inactive - looking after home/family
07 Economically inactive - other
XX No code required (Comprises: Schoolchildren and full-time students living away from home during term time and all those under the age of 16)

Source question or variables

AGE (Derived variable)

AVAILWORK (Primary variable)

EMPLYGRP (Derived variable)

LOOKWORK (Primary variable)

OTHACT (Primary variable)

STUDENT (Primary variable)

TERMIND (Primary variable)

WAITWORK (Primary variable)