- In 2011 there were 17.9 million families in the UK. Of these 12.0 million consisted of a married couple with or without children
- The number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families increased significantly, from 2.1 million in 2001 to 2.9 million in 2011. The number of dependent children living in opposite sex cohabiting couple families increased significantly, from 1.3 million to 1.8 million over the same period
- In 2011, 38 per cent of married couple families had dependent children, the same percentage as cohabiting couple families
- There were 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK in 2011, a figure which has grown steadily but significantly from 1.7 million in 2001
- There were 26.3 million households in the UK in 2011. Of these 29 per cent consisted of only one person and almost 20 per cent consisted of four or more people
For September to November 2011
- The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.3 on the quarter
- There were 2.68 million unemployed people, up 118,000 on the quarter
- The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995 and the number of unemployed people has not been higher since 1994
- The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 9.29 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 61,000 on the quarter
- The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, down 0.1 on the quarter. There were 29.12 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 18,000 on the quarter
- The estimated population of the world passed the 7 billion mark on 31st October 2011 and is projected to exceed the 10 billion mark by 2100
- The estimated resident population of the UK was 62.3 million in mid-20101 , an increase of 470,000 (0.8 per cent) on the previous year and the highest annual growth rate since mid-1962
- The latest 2010-based national population projections show that the UK’s population is projected to reach 67.6 million by 2021 and increase further to 71.8 million by 2031
- There are more females than males in the UK population; 31.6 million females compared with 30.6 million males in 2010
- The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to become larger than the number aged under 16 in about 2023
- Between mid-2001 and mid-2010, net natural change (the difference between births and deaths) went up from 62,000 between 2001 and 2002 to 243,000 between 2009 and 2010
- Between 2009 and 2010, net natural change added 3.9 people and net migration and other changes added 3.7 people for every 1,000 resident in the UK
- In 2010, in the UK, there were approximately 810,000 live births and approximately 560,000 deaths
- An estimated 339,000 people emigrated from the UK in the year to December 2010 while the estimate of long-term international immigration to the UK in the same period is 591,000
- Recent projections based on 2010 population estimates suggest that, not only will the UK population continue to grow, reaching nearly 72 million by 2031, but also that the estimated number of residents aged 65 and over will be larger than the number aged under 16 years by 2023
- CPI annual inflation stands at 4.2 per cent in December 2011, down from 4.8 per cent in November (3.7% in Dec 2010)
- RPI annual inflation stands at 4.8 per cent in December 2011, down from 5.2 per cent in November (4.8% in Dec 2010)
- Euro area annual inflation was 2.7% in December 2011, down from 3.0% in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in December 2011
- EU annual inflation was 3.0% in December 2011, down from 3.4% in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.7%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in December 2011
- The employment rate for persons aged 60-64 increased from 23% in 2000 to 31% in 2010 and from 50% to 61% for those aged 55-59
(The proportion of the population in the EU27 who are aged 55 and over rose from 25% in 1990 to 30% in 2010, and is estimated to reach around 40% by 2060)
- In 2000, UK employment rate for those aged 55-59 was 63.2 and this increased to 70.8 by 2010. In the 60-64 group the figures were 36.1 and 44.0 respectively.
- The first estimate for euro area (EA17) trade with the rest of the world in November 2011 gave a 6.9 bn euro surplus, compared with -2.3 bn euro in November 2010.
- The October 20112 balance was +1.0 bn, compared with +3.1 bn in October 2010.
- In November 2011 compared with October 2011, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 3.9%, while imports remained stable.
- The first estimate for the November 2011 extra-EU27 trade balance was a 7.2 bn euro deficit, compared with -16.8 bn in November 2010.
- In October 2011 the balance was -11.2 bn, compared with -9.5 bn in October 2010.
- In November 2011 compared with October 2011, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 2.8%, while imports fell by 0.6%.
January to October 2011: total trade of Member States
The largest surplus was observed in Germany (+129.2 bn euro in January-October 2011), followed by Ireland and the Netherlands (both +35.9 bn) and Belgium (+10.1 bn). The United Kingdom (-98.2 bn) registered the largest deficit, followed by France (-72.5 bn), Spain (-40.1 bn), Italy (-24.2 bn), Greece (-16.9 bn), Portugal (-13.3 bn) and Poland (-12.0 bn).
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) predict record numbers of centenarians over the coming years and life expectancy, overall, is steadily increasing. Here is their report on Attitudes to Age in Britain 2010/11.
I can’t say I’m very confortable with the writing style – but that’s probably just down to my age. Anyway, I hope I get to be a centenarian.