asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of the present unemployment total is (a) under 18 years of age, (b) under 21 years of age and (c) under 25 years of age; and what was the position at the same time of year in 1974.
Detailed age analyses of the numbers registered as unemployed are made only in respect of January and July. The following table shows the numbers unemployed in Great Britain at January 1977 in the age ranges below 25 years for which data arc compiled and expresses them as percentages of the total number unemployed.
|Number||Percentage of total unemployed|
|Under 18 years||…||122,366||8·8|
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish figures to show in which age groups unemployment has risen proportionately the fastest over the period 1973 to 1977.
The following table gives an age breakdown of the numbers registered as unemployed in Great Britain at January 1977, the latest date for which this half-yearly analysis is available, and at January 1973, with percentage changes between these dates.
|Age range||January1973||January 1977||Percentage increase January 1973-January 1977|
|60 and over||121,717||139,977||15·0|
asked the Secretary of State for Employment by what percentage unemployment has increased since February 1974; and if he can give separate percentages in respect of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Based on seasonally adjusted figures, which exclude school leavers, the increases between February 1974 and June 1977 were 134·2 per cent. for the United Kingdom, 97·8 per cent. for Scotland, and 140·4 per cent. for the rest of the United Kingdom.