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Working Days Lost

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of people registered as unemployed is statistically notifiable as employable; and, on the basis of the answer, if he will state the number of working days lost through unemployment for each month since June 1970.

As it is a condition that unemployed people registering for employment must be capable of and available for work, it follows that all those registered are considered to be employable.The following table gives estimates of the numbers of working days lost through unemployment each year since 1970. These estimates can only be made on an imprecise basis and meaningful figures cannot be provided for each month.

Working days lost through unemployment (millions) (millions)