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Volume 78: debated on Monday 29 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his reply of 2 April, Official Report, columns 534–536, if he will publish the sources

Earnings and Unit Wage Costs Manufacturing, seasonally adjusted, from March 1983 to latest available date
National currencyConverted to Sterling(latest available date)
Great Britain
(a) per cent. change in average gross weekly earnings+18·5+18·5(Feb 1985)
(b) per cent. change in unit wage costs+7·9+7·9
(c) (a) as a percentage of (b)234234
United States
(a) per cent. change in hourly earnings (production workers)*+8·3+42·1(Jan 1985)
(c) (a) as percentage of (b)NA158
(a) per cent. change in monthly earnings (regular workers)+6·7+27·9(Nov 1984)
(b) per cent. change in unit wage costs−7·9+10·4
(c) (a) as a percentage of (b)NA268
Germany (Federal Republic)‡
(a) per cent. change in hourly earnings*+3·5+0·8(Oct 1984)
(b) per cent. change in unit wage costs||−3·6−6·2
(c) (a) as percentage of (b)NANA
* Not seasonally adjusted.
† Includes non-wage labour costs (per unit of output).
‡ 1983 date relate to April.
|| Mining and Manufacturing.
NA Not available, as it is not meaningful to divide a positive by a negative number.

Source: OECD 'Main Economic Indicators' except Great Britain.