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Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what was the average wage of (a) 16 to 17-year-old women and men, (b) 18 to 20-year-old women and men and (c) over 21-year-old women and men in 1979, 1984 and 1986; what was the unemployment figure for each group in 1979, 1984 and 1986; and what was the percentage rise over the periods.

The information from the "New Earnings Survey" in April each year is as follows:

Average gross weekly earnings (£) of full-time employees in Great Britain whose pay was unaffected by absence
Percentage Increase
Under 1840·363·372·757·114·8
18 to 2061·9101·0113·563·212·4
21 and over101·4181·6210·779·116·0
Under 1836·658·672·160·123·0
18 to 2048·782·393·364·013·4
21 and over65·3121·2141·885·617·0
Following is the available information about unemployment which is also in the Library. The table shows the numbers of unemployed registrants in the under 18, 18 to 19 and over 20 years age groups in Great Britain on 5 April 1979.The table also shows the numbers of unemployed claimants in the same age groups in Great Britain on 5 April 1984 and 10 April 1986. However, direct comparison of the figures between these dates is not possible because of changes in the method of collection and compilation of the data.
Unemployed Registrants in Great Britain—5 April 1979
Age under 18 years73,257
Age 18 to 19 years117,467
Age over 20 years1,089,084
Unemployed Registrants in Great Britain
5 April 198410 April 1986
Age under 18 years155,580181,336
Age 18 to 19 years353,654301,820
Age over 20 years2,478,3922,715,713