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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the percentage of the working population unemployed as an average for each year since 1960 up to the latest year for which figures are available ; and what was the size of the working population in each year of the same period.

It is my Department's normal practice to calculate unemployment rates as a percentage of the latest available mid-year estimate of employees—employed and unemployed—which differs from the working population in that it excludes self-employed people and members of Her Majesty's Forces.The following table gives average percentage rates of unemployment on this basis for each year from 1960 to 1979.

19601·5
19611·4
19621·9
19632·3
19641·6
19651·4
19661·4
19672·2
19682·4
19692·3
19702·5
19713·4
19723·7
19732·6
19742·6
19754·1
1976*5·6
19776·0
19786·0
19795·6
*Average of eleven months.
The following table gives figures for employees—employed and unemployed—for Great Britain at each mid-year from 1960 to 1979.
196022,333
196122,627
196222,944
196323,063
196423,209
196523,417
196623,554
196723,293
196823,152
196923,083
197022,928
197122,336
197222,417
197322,728
197422,813
197523,041
197623,326
197723,516
197823,544
197923,593

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of unemployed people in the United Kingdom ; and how many of them are under 25 years of age.

At 10 April, the latest date for which the quarterly age analysis is available, the number of people registered as unemployed in the United Kingdom was 1,522,927, of whom 551,105 were under 25 years of age.