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Employment Statistics

Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the level of unemployment in (a) Great Britain, (b) the North-West, (c) Merseyside and (d) Birkenhead for each year since 1945; and if he will subdivide these data according to whether the persons were male or female.

The present series of unemployment statistics started in July 1948. In the following table information is given, where readily available, for June each year from 1949 to 1979 and for April 1980.

NORTH WEST REGION

Males

Females

Total

June 194932,7179,98842,705
June 195030,39112,56442,955
June 195117,81710,31328,130
June 195229,94829,78559,733
June 195331,09518,45949,554
June 195423,87512,89836,773
June 195517,82510,68328,508
June 195619,68910,68630,375
June 195726,78512,73639,521
June 195841,19517,78758,982
June 195946,81620,35167,167
June 196035,68416,42452,108
June 196129,09010,45639,546
June 196245,83216,44562,277
June 196358,25122,23780,488
June 196441,90813,19055,098
June 196532,28710,03642,323
June 196628,1117,67935,790
June 196750,74112,71663,457
June 196857,1009,54166,641
June 196956,8848,46365,347
June 197063,0859,04772,132
June 197187,74313,788101,531
June 1972108,99018,337127,327
June 197382,58212,75495,336
June 197473,11311,43884,551
June 1975114,09921,864135,963
June 1976152,30146,818199,119
June 1977152,92657,493210,419
June 1978149,64262,316211,958
June 1979138,39962,302200,701
April 1980 (provisional)156,09970,254226,353

MERSEYSIDE SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT AREA

Males

Females

Total

June 1949· ·· ·· ·
June 1950· ·· ·· ·
June 1951· ·· ·· ·
June 1952· ·· ·· ·
June 1953· ·· ·· ·
June 1954· ·· ·· ·
June 1955· ·· ·· ·
June 1956· ·· ·15,009
June 1957· ·· ·20,090
June 1958· ·· ·27,316
June 1959· ·· ·30,423
June 1960· ·· ·23,965
June 1961· ·· ·21,102
June 1962· ·· ·30,642
June 1963· ·· ·36,500
June 1964· ·· ·27,192
June 1965· ·· ·19,191
June 1966· ·· ·16,045
June 196719,8524,94824,800
June 196821,3163,39824,714
June 196923,0763,33926,415
June 197026,6763,61230,288
June 197134,1035,81339,916
June 197242,3607,93250,292
June 197338,2026,14944,351
June 197434,6365,38240,018
June 197549,79710,04959,846
June 197660,98920,00880,997
June 197759,92224,15484,076
June 197860,05725,55285,609
June 197960,62026,38087,000
April 1980 (provisional)63,81328,65192,464

BIRKENHEAD EMPLOYMENT OFFICE AREA

Males

Females

Total

June 19491,5483691,917
June 19501,1806621,842
June 19516414621,103
June 19526707661,436
June 19531,0448661,930
June 19547847091,493
June 19556246141,238
June 19565585781,136
June 19579808241,804
June 19581,2187111,929
June 19591,6218952,516
June 19601,5866982,284
June 19611,4945082,002
June 19622,1767572,933
June 19632,3948993,293
June 19642,3715582,929
June 19651,0423281,370
June 19668322151,047
June 19671,2533901,643
June 19681,4341641,598
June 19691,7501881,938
June 19702,0663022,368
June 19712,6955973,292
June 19724,0698344,903
June 19733,5866904,276
June 19743,2706013,871
June 19754,6749895,663
June 19765,2561,6616,917
June 19775,4061,7997,205
June 19785,1852,0287,213
June 19795,3132,0517,364
April 1980 (provisional)5,6612,1847,845
· · Not available.

Notes:

(1) The figures for the North West region from June 1974 are not strictly comparable with those for earlier dates because of boundary changes.

(2) The April 1980 figures are not strictly comparable with those given for earlier dates because of the introduction, in September 1979, of fortnightly attendance and payment of benefit. This had the effect of raising the monthly unemployment figures for Great Britain by about 20,000 or 1½ per cent. from October 1979.