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Unemployed Persons

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of young persons currently unemployed in (a) Ashington, (b) Morpeth, (c) Bedlington, (d) Blyth and (e) the Northern region; and when he anticipates these figures will be reduced.

The provisional totals of young people under 20 registered unemployed in January 1980 for the towns specified are as follows:

(a) Ashington396
(b) Morpeth69
(c) Bedlington57
(d) Blyth261
A January figure for the Northern region is not yet available, but I shall notify the hon. Member of it shortly.It is not the Government's practice to forecast future levels of youth unemployment.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report details showing the numbers of persons registered as unemployed at the most recent convenient date in the United Kingdom, together with percentages of the insurable population in each of the regions that these figures represent.

The following table gives the provisional numbers registered as unemployed and the percentage rates of unemployment in the United Kingdom and in each standard region at 10 January. The unemployment rates are based on the estimated numbers of employees—employed and unemployed—and exclude self-employed people and members of Her Majesty's Forces.

NumberPercentage rate
South-East294,3593·9
East Anglia34,0564·6
South-West99,8696·0
West Midlands133,2875·7
East Midlands79,7135·0
Yorkshire and Humberside127,7336·0
North-West215,5307·6
North125,7969·0
Wales90,8648·3
Scotland203,2328·9
Northern Ireland66,18211·5
United Kingdom1,470,6216·1