by gender, 1971 to 2011: Social Trends Dataset
Millions of people economically active. Females on left, males on right, age groups up side.
The number aged 16 to 24 in or available for work in the UK fell ~million between 1971 and 1997. One reason is that there are fewer young people than there were 30 years ago - the birth rate was low in the second half of the 1970s. In addition, more 18yr olds continue in full-time education. At the other end of our working life, fewer men are in the labour force than in the past. The number of men aged 60 to 64 in the labour force has declined by nearly half since 1971. This data and information is taken from the ONS StatBase.