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Unemployed Persons

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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17.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment in how many of the last 30 months the numbers of unemployed has not risen.

Since September 1974 monthly counts of the numbers unemployed in Great Britain decreased on eight occasions. The seasonally adjusted series shows a decrease on two occasions.

19.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest figures available for the number and proportion of unemployed under 18 years of age, under 21 years of age, under 30 years of age, over 50 years of age, and over 60 years of age, respectively; and if he will make a statement.

I circulate below a table showing the information available for 13th January. The proportion of unemployment amongst young people has increased in the present recession; for this reason many of the Government's special measures have been directed towards this particular group.Following is the information:

NUMBERS OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN GREAT BRITAIN AT 13TH JANUARY 1977 ANALYSED BY AGE RANGES
NumberPercentage of total
Under 18122,3668·8
18–19129,9629·3
20–24254,91618·3
25–29178,10612·8
50–59174,72312·6
60 and over139,97710·1

30.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest figure for unemployment; and if he will make a statement.

At 10th February the provisional number of people registered as unemployed in Great Britain was 1,365,158. The fall in unemployment is welcome, but it would be premature to conclude that a downward trend has been established until the numbers of unemployed have fallen for some months.

32.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment by how much unemployment has increased since the present Government took office in February 1974.

Between 11th February 1974 and 10th February 1977 the numbers registered as unemployed in Great Britain rose by 765,965.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current figure for unemployment for young persons below the age of 20 years in the Northern Region and the Mid-Northumberland local employment areas, respectively; and how many have been unemployed for more than six months.

At 13th January the number of young people under 20 years of age unemployed in the North Region was 20,883 of whom 6,823 had been registered for more than 26 weeks. The corresponding figures for Mid-Northumberland were 952 and 280.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the numbers and percentages of unemployed, by sex, in the Northern Region and Mid-

Numbers unemployedPercentage rates of unemployment
MalesFemalesMalesFemales
North Region77,20428,6639·35·7
Mid-Northumberland3,1019919·75·5
The figures are provisional.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are now unemployed; what is the annual rate of expenditure on unemployment and social security benefits of all types to those not earning incomes due to employment; and how this figure compares with each of the previous five years.

At 10th February the provisional number of people registered as unemployed in Great Britain was 1,365,158. I am informed by the Secretary of State for Social Services that expenditure on unemployment benefit and supplementary benefit to the unemployed in the current financial year is estimated at £1,128 million and expenditure in the previous five years was as follows:

Year£ million
1971–72387
1972–73392
1973–74333
1974–75404
1975–76784

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide figures for the percentage unemployed in the public and private sectors of the economy in February 1977, on the same basis as those contained in the table published in Written Answers, Official Report, 22nd February 1977, column 557.

The latest information available at present is for August 1976. I will reply to the hon. Member in a few days when figures for February 1977 become available.