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Unemployment

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the total number of persons employed in industry in what was the British zone of Germany as at 1st June last; what are the figures of unemployment, indicating adult male, female and juvenile, respectively; what are the total numbers of those not physically capable of working; and what are the official figures for unemployment.

(a) The total number of persons in the British Zone, excluding Land Bremen and the British Sector in Berlin, employed in industry on 30th June, 1947, was: 8,704,409.

( b) The unemployment figures for the same area on 30th June, 1947. are:

Males of 18 years and over:

Fully capable of work95,805
Partially capable of work86,774
182,579

Females of 18 years and over:

Fully capable of work40,078
Partially capable of work25,765
65,843

Juvenile males under 18 years:

Fully capable of work4,824
Partially capable of work4,129
8,953

juvenile females under 18 years:

Fully capable of work10,195
Partially capable of work6,662
16,857
Grand total274,232

( c) The numbers of those not physically capable of working are:

Males272,090
Females125,232
Juveniles10,591
Total407,913