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Unemployed Persons

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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

At 12th May the rate of unemployment for Great Britain was 5ยท6 per cent. There has been a slight fall in the numbers out of work this month, including school leavers, and another small rise in vacancies but the rate is still far too high. As to future prospects, we are unlikely to see a significant decline in unemployment in the near future.