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Unemployment (International Comparisons)

Volume 952: debated on Friday 23 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in unemployment in the period from February 1974 to the latest date for which information is available for all member States of the EEC, the USA and Japan.

Using national definitions, the changes in the seasonally adjusted numbers unemployed are given below:as unemployed in Great Britain at June each year from 1974:

June 19745,429
June 197518,367
June 1976118,188
June 1977142,709
June 1978*139,254
* provisional