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School Leavers

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many school leavers entered the labour market in each of the past five years; and what are his estimates for 1980, 1981 and 1982.

I have been asked to reply. The numbers of school leavers in England and Wales not entering full-time further education, and therefore likely to be available for employment, are as follows:

AVERAGE GROSS WEEKLY(a) EARNINGS (£) OF FULL-TIME MANUAL EMPLOYEES
Male adults (aged 21 and over) in manufacturing industryAll adults (men aged 21 and over, women aged 18 and over) in all industries covered in Department of Employment survey(c)Index of retail prices (October 1979=100)
(1)(2)(3)
195410·618·6517·7
195511·559·4318·6
195612·2810·1319·3
195713·0610·7220·1
195813·2710·9620·5
1959(b)14·2111·5720·5
196015·1612·3320·9
196115·8913·0021·7
196216·3413·4322·4
196317·2914·1422·9
196418·6715·3023·9
196520·1616·6125·0
196620·7817·3026·0
196721·8918·3126·5
196823·6219·7327·9
196925·5421·3629·5
197028·9124·2531·6
197131·3726·9334·6
197236·2031·1737·3
197341·5235·8941·0
197449·1243·0648·0
197559·7453·1560·5
197667·8360·1669·4
197784·7765·3479·2
197884·7777·4085·4
197998·2889·80100·0
Thousands per academic year
1974–75559
1975–76564
1976–77601
1977–78616
1978–79624*
1979–80638†
1980–81640†
1981–82634†
* Estimated.
†Projected.