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Insured Persons (Statistics)

Volume 345: debated on Thursday 30 March 1939

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the estimated number of insured persons 14 to 65 years of age in employment, with the number of registered as unemployed in the several administrative divisions, Ministry of Labour, at the end of the following years, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1935, and at the latest date?

pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, 7th March, 1939; col. 1943, Vol. 344), supplied the following statement:The available figures relate to a date in June of each year. The table below gives, for each administrative division, comparable figures showing (

a) the estimated numbers of insured persons, aged 16–64 years, in employment in June of the years 1923, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1935 and 1938, and ( b) the numbers of insured persons of those ages recorded as unemployed at the same dates. These figures are exclusive of workers insured under the special schemes for the banking and insurance industries, from whom a geographical analysis is not available.

Estimated numbers of insured persons, aged 16–64, in employment.
Division.1923.1929.1930.1934.1935.1938.
Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.
London1,8562.2352,2272,3932,4302,677
South Eastern6287978068779101,004
South Western633738742764783892
Midlands1,4531,6081,5511,6451,7051,863
North Eastern1,1011,1581,0991,0931,1021,243
North Western1,6531,7971,6031,6741,6841,717
Northern644635597555568654
Scotland1,0781,1301,0831,0611,0841,197
Wales564477444416428460
Great Britain9,61010,57510,15210,47810,69411,707

Numbers of insured persons, aged 16–64, recorded as unemployed.
Division.1923.1929.1930.1934.1935.1938.
Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.Thousands.
London198111169214212221
South Eastern573353646473.
South Western7055731019271
Midlands165164274259223227
North Eastern106150231280269200
North Western297259512422402426
Northern117108162224209145
Scotland171140225292272221
Wales35106149206190157
Great Britain1,2161,1261,8482,0621,9331,741

Notes.
(1) For 1923, when persons over 65 years of age were insurable, estimates have been made of the numbers aged 16–64.
(2) Juveniles under the age of 16 did not become insurable against unemployment until September, 1934, and the agricultural scheme of unemployment insurance did not come into operation until May, 1936. These classes are accordingly excluded from the figures.
(3) The figures relating to persons in employment shown above are obtained by deducting from the estimated numbers insured at the beginning of July the numbers of insured persons recorded as unemployed at a date in June. The numbers of insured persons unemployed in June, 1938, were ascertained on the basis of the revised procedure for counting the unemployed, introduced in September, 1937, under which persons subsequently found to be in employment at the date of the count are excluded from the figures.