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Volume 886: debated on Thursday 13 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many males and females, who were last employed at Irlam Steelworks are still registered as unemployed; and what are their age groups.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that of the 2,328 males and 123 females made redundant consequent on the closure of BSC Irlam, 466 males and four females are still registered as unemployed. The

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are currently registered as unemployed in Irlam, Manchester; what are their age groups; how long they have been unemployed; and how this figure compares with the same date last year and the same date in 1970.

On 11th November 1974, 554 people were unemployed in Irlam. The most recent figures showing age and length of time unemployed are for July 1974 and the following table shows information for July 1970, 1973 and 1974. Owing to industrial action at local offices of the Employment Service Agency, figures for December 1974 and the normal half-yearly age and duration anlysis for January 1975 are not available.

Unemployed by age groups
July 1970July 1973July 1974
Under 18382
18 and under 20137
20 and under 252848
25 and under 3051050
30 and under 354994
35 and under 4041092
40 and under 45411114
45 and under 5084121
50 and under 5555151
55 and under 60615222
60 and over204588
Unemployed by duration of unemployment
WeeksJuly 1970July 1973July 1974
One or less511866
Over 1 and up to 28512
Over 2 and up to 3335
Over 3 and up to 4326
Over 4 and up to 5655
Over 5 and up to 62610
Over 6 and up to 7361
Over 7 and up to 8153
Over 8 and up to 9423
Over 9 and up to 134119
Over 13 and up to 2661815

following table gives a breakdown by age and sex:

Unemployed by duration of unemployment


July 1970

July 1973

July 1974

Over 26 and up to 395910
Over 39 and up to 52579
Over 5273835