This section covers data on wages, consumer and producer prices, population and the labour market.  Wholesale prices are available monthly back to 1790 and both wage and cost of living indices are available annually back to the C13th.  Population estimates are available back to the Domesday Book and estimated days and hours worked from the C13th.  Employment and unemployment statistics derived from the census and administrative data become available from the C19th onwards.  Much of these data are available in the Bank’s Millennium dataset but the underlying publicly available sources are also reproduced here.  The datasets are supplemented by publications such as the British Labour Statistics Historical Abstract which covers the period 1886-1968 and the monthly Ministry of Labour Gazette and its descendent publications from 1919.

Users should first consult the labour market and wages and prices section of Millennium of Macroeconomic Data v3.1 (xls) for long-run composite time series up to the present day.  These contain some of the data from the more detailed sources listed below.  Summary data from this spreadsheet are available for interactive viewing via FRED.

Wages and Prices

For detailed medieval data on English wages and prices users should consult the datasets of Professor Greg Clark of UC Davis and Professor Bob Allen of NYU Abu Dhabi.  These datasets can be found on Professor Clark's website and the Global Price and Income History Group website.  For additional evidence on the level of wages in the long C18th users should also consult the DPhil thesis of Judy Stephenson.

The Millennium of Macroeconomic Data v3.1 dataset contains wage and price indices from the late C17th but users should consult the following sections from the Gayer Rostow Schwartz microfiche for the period 1790-1850. Labour market data

The British Labour Statistics Historical Abstract 1886-1968 represents a key source of data for the labour market prior to current official statistics which generally begin in 1971. This abstract summarised the information from the earlier series Abstract of Labour Statistics which is available in the Articles and Periodicals section below. The gap between 1968 and 1971 can be filled by the Department of Employment Gazette and Labour Statistics Yearbooks which can also be found in the Articles and Periodicals section. Subsequent Employment Gazette historical supplements are shown below:
All files are pdf, unless otherwise stated. File sizes greater than 25MB are indicated.

The guide to labour statistics from 1958 below is an extremely useful document that deals with the sources of both historical and contemporary labour market data up to that point. For Consumer and Producer Prices a number of useful publications are listed below
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