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Employment Statistics

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees are engaged in the private, public and co-operative sectors of the economy as compared with 1979–80; and what are the comparable numbers of self-employed in each year.

The available information is as follows:

mid 1979mid 1982
Private sector employees15,97514,354
Public sector employees7,4447,036
Self employed1,856*
* Not available.
No separate information is available for the co-operative sector which is included in the private sector estimates. No reliable estimates are yet available on the number of self-employed in 1982; published estimates of total employed labour force assume no change in self-employment between 1979 and 1982.