If you're looking for a discussion topic for returning Economics students over the next few days then try using the chart below on economic inactivity in the UK (2005-2019).
Economic inactivity as a topic reared its head over the last couple of weeks as Home Secretary Priti Patel suggested that this group of people could be used to solve the problem of a lack of available labour in the UK as the country's immigration control becomes tighter. Patel showcased new measures that will place greater restrictions on potential immigration, particular those looking to take up low-skilled work.
ONS statistics suggest that approximately 8.5 million people are economically inactive in the UK. About 27% of that figure are students, 26% are too ill to work and about 13% have retired early.
The chart shows the trend in economic activity in 3 categories - for women, for men and for the population as a total.
Questions for students:
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