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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 21: debated on Monday 5 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the average level Of unemployment in Wales and in the North of England for each of the last 10 years and during the current year.

The following table gives for Wales and the North region the annual average numbers registered as unemployed from 1972 to 1981 and the average for the first quarter of 1982.

WalesNorth region
197249,09381,871
197335,48360,711
1974*38,280*59,894
197558,75878,945

Wales

North region

197678,103101,268
197786,315114,240
197891,491121,605
197987,056118,961
1980111,339147,468
1981157,547203,445
1982 January-March173,797217,517

* Average of 11 months.

Average Gross Weekly Earnings (£)

Agriculture

All manufacturing industries ‡

Regular full- time hired men aged 20 and over * (1)

Full-time males aged 21 and over † (2)

Full-time manual males aged 21 and over (3)

All full-time male employees aged 21 and over ║ (4)

(1) as a per-centage of(3)

(2) as a percentage of (3)

(2) as a per-centage of (4)

April 19505·597·58 §74
April 19599·8813·59 §73
April 197650·2650·167·3║71·3757470
April 198197·2594·4124·2║136·9787669

Notes:

* Figures relate to the quarter beginning in April as recorded by the wages and employment inquiry of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and include payments in kind.

† Figures relate to workers covered by Orders of the Agriculture Wages Board (England and Wales); they cover the survey period of the new earnings survey in April, and include the reckonable value (laid down in the Agricultural Wages Order) of accommodation, meals, etc., provided by the employer.

‡There are slight differences in the definition of manufacturing industry used for April 1950 and April 1959 (based on the Standard Industrial Classification 1948), and that used for April 1976 and April 1981 (based on the Standard Industrial Classification 1968).

§ Based on the Department of Employment's voluntary survey of manual workers' earnings. The figures relate to the United Kingdom.

║Based on the New Earnings Survey, excluding employees whose pay was affected by absence.