Stat of the day: Economic activity of the long and shot-term sick

By Angela Matthews

The latest Labour Market Statistics have been released by the Office for National Statistics this morning. The data shows that 84,000 less people are economically inactive due to long-term sickness. Economic inactivity due to short-term sickness, however, has risen by 22,000. A ‘wave’ illustration of the trends since 2011 looks like this:

Line graph showing the number of long-term and temporary sick between 2011 and 2013

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