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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what is the latest number of those under 21 years in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the west midlands and (c) the black country area of the west midlands who have been unemployed for 12 months and more; what was the percentage increase in each case since the changes in recording these figures; and what was the date on which the change took effect;(2) what is the latest number of those aged 45 years and over in

(a) the United Kingdom, (b) the west midlands and (c) the black country area of the west midlands who have

Claimants unemployed for over one year—11 April 1985

Aged under 20 years†

Aged 45 years and over

Total all ages

April 1985

Increase since October 1982‡ per cent.

April 1985

Increase since October 1982‡ per cent.

April 1985

Increase since October 1982‡ per cent.

United Kingdom110,23324·4432,55211·61,334,16134·9
West Midlands13,08214·955,0587·5164,18026·6
Black country area*4,08423·717,45610·351,45830·0

Also, changes in average earnings may reflect changes in the structure of employment and do not necessarily correspond to equivalent changes in rates of pay for comparable jobs.