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Unemployment Rates (Eec Countries)

Volume 886: debated on Monday 10 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the rate of unemployment in each of the nine member States of the EEC and their constituent regions in 1960, 1970 and the latest year for which comparative statistics are available; and what was the rate for each of the regions expressed as a percentage of the average rate of unemployment in the corresponding member State as a whole.

The following table gives the information which is available. It is regretted that the rates for France and Luxembourg and comparative regional statistics are not available:

RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EEC
Per cent.
Note196019701973
United Kingdom1 (i)1·62·62·7
Belgium1 (ii)5·42·93·6
Denmark24·32·92·4
FranceNot available
Germany, Federal Republic of1 (iii)1·20·71·2
Ireland36·77·27·2
Italy44·23·23·5
LuxembourgNot available
Netherlands1 (iv)1·21·12·7
Explanatory Notes:
1 Registered unemployed.
2 Unemployed among insured members of trade union funds.
3 Compulsory unemployment insurance statistics. Excludes agriculture, fishing and private domestic services.
4 Labour Force Sample Survey.
(i) Wholly unemployed.
(ii) Wholly unemployed receiving insurance benefits.
(iii) The 1970 and 1973 figures for Germany (Federal Republic of) include Berlin whereas it is excluded in 1960. The rate for West Berlin in 1960 was 3·7 per cent.
(iv) The 1960 figure for the Netherlands excludes persons employed on emergency public works.

Sources:

ILO Year Book of Labour Statistics 1968 for the 1960 figures.

ILO Year Book of Labour Statistics 1974 for the 1970 and 1973 figures.