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International Statistics

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the percentage increases in employment and unemployment between 1974 and the latest available date in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the EEC excluding the United Kingdom, (c) Norway, (d) Sweden, and (e) Switzerland.

Information to the latest available dates is given in the following tables:

Percentage change in civilian employment between 1974 and 1977
United Kingdom-0·7
EEC excluding the United Kingdom-10·4
Norway+90·9
Sweden+30·5
Switzerland-90·0
Sources: Statistical Office of the European Communities OECD—Labour Force Statistics, The Swiss Embassy.
Percentage increases in the numbers of unemployed—based on national definitions—between October 1974 and October 1978
United Kingdom123
EEC excluding the United Kingdom67
Norway (a) 130
Sweden17
Switzerland (a), (b)7,700
(a) Change between August 1974 and August 1978.
(b) In August 1974 there were about 100 unemployed and in August 1978 about 7,800.
Sources: Statistical Office of the European Communities, OECD Main Economic Indicators, Labour Attaches Reports.