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Data lab

The data lab is an interactive tool that presents a range of facts and figures relating to areas of our research and expertise. Follow the links on this page to view a series of motion charts and other animations that show how the data is changing over time. Each graphic has a range of different features that can be customised to bring the data to life.

You can alter a range of variables on the chart, including the main variables and the colour and size of each bubble. Choose each value from the drop-down menus. Click on one or more of the bubbles to follow them over time. You can turn the trails off using the tick box on the right. You can alter the speed of the graph using the slider, or move through time manually.

Apprenticeship starts and achievements

This graphic charts the growth in apprenticeship starts and achievements by age group and level between 2002/03 and 2011/12.

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Youth unemployment in an international context

This chart shows changes in the youth and adult unemployment ratios in a number of countries between 2003 and 2011.

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Men and women in the labour market

Much has been made of the recent increase in unemployment among women, but how have the positions of men and women in the labour market changed over the past 40 years?

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Changes in consumer spending

This chart shows how our spending habits have changed over the past 20 years. What we spend our money on matters, because it ultimately underpins the growth of our economy.

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