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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the latest unemployment figures.

The December figures were disappointing. But it is worth noting that unemployment in the United Kingdom rose only half as steeply in 1982 as it did in 1981. It also rose much less steeply—in percentage terms—than in many other major countries similarly affected by the world recession. We take no comfort from that, because our competitive position is still far too weak. The best way in which those in work can help the unemployed is to keep down pay settlements, to help our industries beat the foreign competition and create the jobs we need.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons were unemployed in the Liverpool travel-to-work area at the latest available date.

At 9 December 1982 the number of unemployed claimants in the Liverpool travel-to-work area was 88,976.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were unemployed in the Merseyside special development area at the latest available date.

At 9 December 1982 the number of unemployed claimants in the Merseyside special development area was 131,731.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report all those employment areas in the United Kingdom where unemployment is over 20 per cent. stating the percentage level of unemployment in each case.

The following is the information in respect of unemployed claimants at 9 December 1982 for jobcentre areas, either singly or grouped to form travel-to-work areas.

AreaPercentage rate of unemployment
Clacton on Sea20·5
Hunstanton26·5
Falmouth22·8
Helston20·4
Ilfracombe27·5
Newquay23·0
St. Ives23·1
Corby20·2
Mablethorpe26·1
Skegness22·3
Mexborough*22·6
Rotherham20·3
Whitby23·4
Ormskirk*21·1
Consett*27·0
Hartlepool21·5
Ebbw Vale*24·5
Holyhead*22·7
Lampeter*21·9
Pembroke Dock31·3
Rhyl22·0
Tenby28·1
Anstruther21·8
Arbroath20·8
Forres21·0
Fort William22·0
Irvine*24·2
Portree20·3
Rothesay25·4
Sanquhar20·1
Stornoway25·5
Armagh20·3
Ballymena*21·6
Coleraine*23·0
Cookstown30·9
Downpatrick*21·5
Dungannon34·3
Enniskillen24·9
Londonderry*27·3
Newry31·3
Omagh21·5
Strabane37·7
* Travel-to-work area comprisong two or more jobcentre areas.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the total number of unemployed and the percentage of unemployment for each region in the United Kingdom.

At 9 December 1982 the numbers of unemployed claimants and the percentage rates of unemployment for each region of the United Kingdom were as follows:

Number UnemployedPercentage Rate
South East710,8969·7
East Anglia78,66411·3
South West194,84111·8
West Midlands355,64216·1

Number Unemployed

Percentage Rate

East Midlands187,72711·9
Yorkshire and Humberside292,20914·5
North West430,08015·8
North226,76317·5
Wales174,57216·9
Scotland333,20315·3
Northern Ireland112,31020·1
United Kingdom3,096,99713·3

This information was contained in the press notice issued by my Department on 6 January.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the total number of unemployed and the percentage level of unemployment for each of the new employment areas in the county of Norfolk.

The following table gives the number of unemployed claimants in each jobcentre area in Norfolk at 9 December 1982. It also gives the percentage rates of unemployment for the jobcentre areas, either singly or grouped to form travel-to-work areas.

Jobcentre areaNumberPercentage rate
Cromer1,53018·5
Dereham1,28015·2
Diss1,15510·5
Downham Market93314·2
Fakenham91012·4
Great Yarmouth6,28617·0
Hunstanton1,01526·5
Kings Lynn3,39711·9
North Walsham90910·8
Norwich11,893*10·3
Attleborough593
Wymondham782
Thetford1,415*14·4
Swaffham1,022
Brandon‡428
*The rate relates to the combined jobcentre areas i.e. the travel-to-work area.
† Brandon is in Suffolk but it is part of the Thetford travel-to-work area.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the number of unemployed and the percentage unemployment for each county in the East Anglian region.

The following table gives the numbers of unemployed claimants and the percentage rates of unemployment in each of the counties in East Anglia at 9 December 1982.

Unemployed claimantsPercentage rate
Cambridgeshire22,48910·1
Norfolk33,12012·5
Suffolk23,05510·1