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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list the latest unemployment

Regional Unemployment
South EastEast AngliaSouth West
Total unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as a percentage of totalTotal unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as percentage of totalTotal un employedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as percentage or total
Registrants
April 1979277,8813·422·433,5524·423·395,2555·426·5
April 1982693,1188·227·174,1799·527·3181,67010·329·7
October 1982778,7679·029·479,57710·230·6197,09911·131·7
Claimants
October 1982701,3169·025·575,64910·226·6187,08611·128·3
April 1984732,6119·333·677,49110·233·2191,19411·232·1
April 1985784,6749·935·781,97410·834·1205,77812·033·7
West MidlandsEast MidlandsYorkshire & Humberside
Total unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as a percentage of totalTotal unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12months as percentage of totalTotal unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as percentage or total
Registrants
April 1979119,3284·828·672,1394·227·9115,7475·228·3
April 1982346,39214·238·2177,26310·632·9274,40712·734·2
October 1982380,23615·441·0194,53411·334·7303,10013·936·6
Claimants
October 1982353,44315·436·7183,01311·332·6286,79213·933·6
April 1984340,45815·146·3191,08712·036·4285,84114·039·6
April 1985348,38415·547·1202,76812·838·9304,68515·041·6
North WestNorthWales
Total unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as a percentage of totalTotal unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as percentage of totalTotal unemployedUnemployment rateUnemployed over 12 months as percentage of total
Registrants
April 1979192,9446·231·1113,1548·031·784,2187·127·1
April 1982429,52414·235·4216,73116·037·8171,34915·034·8
October 1982465,56015·338·3234,27517·339·8185,08616·036·9
Claimants
October 1982425,57315·335·6224,19017·337·3171,16016·035·4
April 1984436,49915·743·1225,56917·843·2169,63015·940·7
April 1985450,37816·244·7237,42518·845·1179,69316·942·1

figures and percentages in each region and the percentage of those in each region who have been unemployed for 12 months and more;

(2) if he will set out the unemployment figures and percentage in each region in May 1979, May 1982 and May 1984 and, in each case, the percentage of those who have been unemployed for 12 months and more.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 May 1985, c. 299]: Following are the figures for April of the years requested (not available for May), together with those for October 1982 on both the registration and claimants bases.

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Total unemployed

Unemployment rate

Unemployed over 12 months as percentage of total

Total unemployed

Unemployment rate

Unemployed over 12 months as percentage of total

Registrants

April 1979175,5907·326·060,78710·032·8
April 1982331,23813·733·0111,92518·040·0
October 1982352,75014·436·2124,14419·741·4

Claimants

October 1982327,04514·433·4113,74119·741·6
April 1984337,24614·939·3120,05620·747·5
April 1985354,51415·739·9122,29221·050·7

Notes:

(1) The comparisons are affected by the change in the basis of the count in October 1982, and by the 1983 Budget measures which mean that older men, mainly over 60, no longer need to sign on at an unemployment benefit office in order to receive supplementary allowance or national insurance credits.

(2) The regional figures given are all based on aggregations of jobcentre areas since the duration analyses is not yet available from the new ward-based system.

(3) The total unemployment figures prior to October 1982 are given on the registration basis to be consistent with the available analysis by duration. Estimated totals on the claimant basis are however available and have been used to calculate the unemployment rates shown.