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Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many of those persons registered as unemployed in the various employment offices covering the Birmingham area have been unemployed (a) between six and 12 months, (b) between one and two years and (c) over two years, expressed both in absolute numbers and as percentages.

The following table gives the numbers registered as unemployed (old basis) at 14 October in the Birmingham travel-to-work area for the lengths of time specified and expresses these numbers as percentages of the total number registered as unemployed in the area.

Registered unemployed
Males aged under 65 yearsFemales aged under 60 years
Numberpercentage rateNumberPercentage rate
Liverpool travel-to-work area
April 197941,52414,691


As a percentage of total unemployed

Unemployed for over 26 and up to 52 weeks24,58719·5
Unemployed for over 52 and up to 104 weeks32,29525·7
Unemployed for over 104 weeks21,52517·1