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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a breakdown for the average annual numbers of those unemployed in Scotland in each year since 1972 for (a) males, (b) females and (c) both sexes for the following age groups: 25 to 34 years, 35 to 44 years, 45 to 54 years, 55 to 59 years and over 60 years, respectively.

The information is set out in the following tables. Since 1979 the analysis of the unemployment register by age has been carried out quarterly; before that date the register was only analysed by age twice yearly—January and July. The annual averages below, except where noted, are accordingly calculated from four and two figures respectively.

Table 1
Annual average unemployment in Scotland1972 to 1982 Males
Age Breakdown
Year25–34 years35–44 years45–54 years55–59 yearsOver 60 years
1972*23,50619,61715,9587,55912,246
197317,25415,03113,4616,52412,021
1974†13,72611,45410,6244,78810,108
1975‡18,19313,88712,2205,18110,564
1976**23,92917,50914,8216,15311,902
197727,88419,57816,2467,11811,909
1978††27,01719,09416,3457,59411,789
197925,51917,80115,7447,86611,070
198031,16220,99918,5339,29712,377
198146,54530,31426,35513,42116,220
198252,85034,62830,15415,95117,027
Table 2
Annual average unemployed in Scotland1972 to 1982 Females
Age Breakdown
Year25–34 years35–44 years45–54 years55–59 yearsOver 60 years
1972*4,6072,7923,7782,085104
19734,2002,2453,3411,930173
1974‡2,9081,4592,3081,33166
1975‡4,9752,6563,2981,74384
1976**7,3823,6034,0902,018128
197710,5855,0275,1952,326204
1978††12,9165,7105,8422,737171
197914,4815,8045,8712,989162
198018,0177,4577,1263,455178
198123,14010,1589,6154,539189
198225,26611,70711,1805,211228
Table 3
Annual average unemployed in Scotland1972 to 1982 Male and Female Total
Age Breakdown
Year25–34 years35–44 years45–54 years55–59 yearsOver 60 years
1972*28,11322,40919,7369,64412,350
197321,45417,27616,8028,45412,108
1974‡16,63412,91312,9326,11910,174
1975‡23,16816,54315,5186,92410,648
1976**31,31121,11218,9118,17112,030
197738,46924,60521,4419,44412,113
1978‡‡39,93324,80422,18710,33111,960
197940,00023,60521,61510,85511,232
198049,18028,45625,65912,75212,555
198169,68540,47235,97017,96016,409
198278,11646,33541,33421,16217,255
* Short-time workers registered as unemployed were included in the figures for 1972.
‡ No January figure, due to power strike.
‡ No January figure, due to industrial action.
** From April 1976 adult students were excluded from count.
†† In 1978 because of the changeover in the frequency of the analysis three were completed in January, July and October.