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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 774: debated on Monday 25 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether she will now amplify the regularly published statistics of unemployment to indicate the duration of unemployment, showing the proportion of the total represented by those newly unemployed, unemployed for more than two weeks, more than a month and more than six months.

Information about the duration of unemployment for the registered wholly unemployed is published regularly in the Employment and Productivity Gazette. Details published monthly include all the categories requested except those with current spells of more than six months' duration. The latter are included in more detailed analyses which are made in January, April, July and October of each year and published in the months following those to which they relate. A table showing comparable figures for previous months and years is also published monthly.

claims in 26 cases and were generally opposed to the claims in five cases.

Further details about incomes cases are lengthy and I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the Statement:


asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what other steps she proposes to take so that official unemployment statistics will in future reflect the conclusions of the analysis in Duration of Unemployment on the Register of Wholly Unemployed, Official Statistics, Research Series No. 1, Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

The possibility of obtaining more extensive information about flows on and off the unemployment register is under consideration.