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Labour Statistics

Volume 82: debated on Monday 8 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment in the following travel-to-work areas (a) what percentage of those registered as unemployed are registered for work with the local jobcentre and (b) what further percentage it is estimated-use the jobcentre self service system in Andover, Ashford, Aylesbury and Wycombe, Bicester, Cambridge, Crawley, Guildford and Aldershot, Harrogate, Heathrow, Hertford and Harlow, London, Medway and Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough, Swindon, Watford and Luton, respectively.

Those registered for work with the local jobcentre include a number of people seeking a change of employment and others who are not claiming unemployment benefit. Unemployed people are longer required to register at the jobcentre as a condition of claiming benefit. Therefore it is not appropriate to express the number of jobseekers registered at jobcentres as a percentage of claimant unemployed. Information on registered jobseekers is only available for jobcentre areas which do not correspond to travel-to-work areas; and it is not readily possible to assess the number of jobseekers using only the self service facilities at jobcentres.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people under 21 years of age in Tameside have never had a job since leaving school.

The following information is in the Library. On 13 June 1985 there were 612 unemployed claimants aged 18 or younger in Tameside local authority district who had never had a job since leaving school. No information is separately available for those aged 19 and 20 years.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list all the different categories of persons according to willingness and ability to work who are included in the overall unemployment figures.

The monthly unemployment figures relate to those claiming unemployment benefit, supplementary allowances or national insurance credits at unemployment benefit offices. It is a condition of receipt of these benefits or credits that a person be unemployed and capable and available for work. In addition to the statutory conditions, the Department of Health and Social Security also has arrangements for reviewing those who have been unemployed for at least six months.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have registered as willing to work and given details of their skills and experience at the Hemel Hempstead jobcentre at the most convenient recent date; and what was the number of people registered unemployed for the purpose of benefit in the same area on the same date or most convenient date to the same date.

On 7 June 1985, 937 jobseekers were registered at the Hemel Hempstead jobcentre. This figure includes some employed people seeking a change of employment and some unemployed people not claiming benefit. The number of unemployed persons claiming unemployment benefit, supplementary allowances or national insurance credits in the Hemel Hempstead jobcentre area on 13 June 1985 was 3,698. It is a condition of receipt of these benefits or credits that a person be unemployed and capable and available for work.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will show from the 1984 labour force survey the number of people in Great Britain who are economically active and (a) in employment, (b) unemployed and (c) others on Government training schemes, broken down (i) by ethnic origin and (ii) by age in five-year age bands.

Information from the 1984 labour force survey is as follows:

(i) Economically Active Persons Aged 16 and over by Ethnic Origin
Great Britain Thousands
Ethnic OriginIn EmploymentUnemployedOthers on Government Schemes
White22,1472,64253
Non-white, of which:8202137
West Indian or Guyanese22166
Indian31356
Pakistani or Bangladeshi8344
Others*20246
All ethnic origins†23,2822,90561
* Including African and mixed origin.
† Including those persons whose ethnic origin was not stated.
‡ Those persons on Government employment or training schemes who described themselves as employed or unemployed are counted as such; the remainder are in this category (apart from those on TOPS schemes who said they were neither working nor seeking work, who are classified as inactive).
● Sample size too small for reliable estimate.
(ii) Economically Active Persons Aged 16 and over by Age
Great Britain Thousands
AgeIn EmploymentUnemployed*Others on Government Schemes
16–191,82450349
20–242,934604†12
25–292,611390
30–342,540296
35–393,010267
40–442,507216
45–492,360174
50–542,187162
55–591,819171
60–641,10698
65+38524
All 16+23,2822,90561
* Those persons on Government employment or training schemes who described themselves as employed or unemployed are counted as such; the remainder are in this category (apart from those on TOPS schemes who said they were neither working nor seeking work, who are classified as inactive).
† Aged 20 years and over.
● Sample size too small for reliable estimate.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have registered as willing to work, giving details of their skill and experience, at jobcentres covering St. Albans and Harpenden at the most recent convenient date; and how many people were registered as unemployed for the purpose of benefit in the equivalent area at the same date.

On 7 June 1985, 597 jobseekers were registered at the St. Albans jobcentre and 124 jobseekers registered at the Harpenden jobcentre. This figure includes some employed people seeking a change of employment and some unemployed people not claiming benefit. The numbers of unemployed persons claiming unemployment benefit, supplementary allowances or national insurance credits in the St. Albans and Harpenden jobcentre areas on 13 June 1985 were 2,233 and 668 respectively. It is a condition of receipt of these benefits or credits that a person be unemployed and capable and available for work.