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Unemployed Persons

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the number of (a) adults and (b) young people unemployed in (i) Kirkby, (ii) Ormskirk, (iii) Merseyside, and (iv) the North-West for each month since May 1979.

An age analysis of the registered unemployed is made in January, April, July and October. The following table gives the available information from April 1979 for those under 18 years of age, those aged 18–19 and those aged 20 and over in the areas specified. The figures for Merseyside and the North-West for January 1980 will

Aged Under 18 yearsAged 18–19 yearsAged 20 years and over
Kirkby employment office area
April 19793956034,040
July 1979*9355913,931
October 1979†6736404,165
January 1980 (provisional)5376824,457
Ormskirk employment office area
April 19793467631
July 1979*19486621
October 1979†6992656
January 1980 (provisional)4683691
Merseyside Special Development area
April 19796,19710,20365,994
July 1979*16,73210,68864,239
October 1979†10,01310,66366,334
North West Region
April 197912,58320,361160,000
July 1979*42,53522,983152,037
October 1979†20,77722,252157,941
* The July figures include considerable numbers of school leavers, particularly in the under 18 age group, which are not present in the figures for other months.
†The figures from October 1979 are not quite comparable with those for previous dates because they are affected by the introduction of fortnightly attendance and payment of benefit. This raised the figure for all unemployed in the North-West region by about 2,600. Estimates are not available for areas below standard regional level but for the country as a whole the figures are about 1½ per cent. higher than they would have been under weekly attendance.