Examination of workless couples and their transitions between employment states

Funded by: Employment Service


November 2000 to August 2001

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Background, summary and aims


The aim of this study is to explore the inter-relationship between partners' employment statuses. This is directly relevant to two major government policies: the New Deal for Partners of Unemployed people (introduced in April 1999) and Joint Claims for JSA (scheduled for introduction in March 2001). In addition to allowing a fuller understanding of unemployed couples and the individuals within them, the study will focus on the extent to which one partner moving into work acts as a spur to the other partner doing likewise. All analysis will be based on the Labour Force Survey.