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Labour Statistics

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what was the number and percentage rate of unemployment among 16 and 17-year-olds (a) nationally (b) by ethnic origin, (c) by region and (d) by sex at the latest available date and for September, January and June in each of the past five years.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 April 1987, c. 151–52]: Following is the available information. The tables show numbers of unemployed aged under 18 years in the regions, together with the appropriate numbers and rates of unemployment in the United Kingdom analysed by sex. Figures are given for January, July and October of each year since 1982 (not available for June or September). The rates of unemployment for 1982 relate to unemployed registrants expressed as a percentage of employees in employment plus the unemployed. Rates for later years are expressed as a percentage of the working population. The working population excludes young people receiving YTS training without a contract of employment. Rates of unemployment by age are not calculated below national level.Statistics of unemployment by ethnic origin are collected in the "Labour Force Survey", but the figures requested are not available except at disproportionate cost. The last available information based on the monthly unemployment count relates to unemployed registrants in Great Britain as at February 1982, and this is available in the Library.

United Kingdom

Unemployed claimants aged under 18 years

Male

Female

Number

Percentage of working population

Number

Percentage of working population

January 198792,43621·469,80516·5
October 1986106,40924·680,11118·9
July 198697,41422·573,42017·3
January 1986107,60924·979,14718·7
October 1985121,97228·289,22321·1
July 1985102,57423·775,03617·7
January 1985113,85226·383,82619·8
October 1984134,03330·599,93024·0
July 198494,72621·569,42016·7
January 1984115,86126·388,43221·2
October 1983142,67631·5108,49426·4
July 1983118,51926·179,61219·4
January 1983123,76927·397,97623·8

Number

Percentage of employees and unemployed

Number

Percentage of employees and unemployed

October 1982141,86329·1111,03124·9

Unemployed registrants aged under 18 years

October 1982152,27530·6121,73826·7
July 1982203,91636·4166,58732·7
January 1982128,48725·1101,58321·9

Unemployed registrants aged under 18 years

January '82

July '82

October '82

South East51,28581,89069,588
Greater London23,45131,09233,180
East Anglia5,99410,0956,780
South West12,45723,87914,258
West Midlands24,26339,14329,643
East Midlands12,45426,99015,965
Yorkshire and Humberside22,75540,08828,915
North West29,73548,54034,719
Northern16,31928,11818,904
Wales12,14517,25713,596
Scotland33,13842,30030,608
Northern Ireland9,52512,20311,037

Unemployed claimants aged under 18 years

October 1982

January 1983

July 1983

October 1983

South East58,60149,11341,12655,554
Greater London26,59122,27619,22526,035
East Anglia6,6555,8224,8336,658
South West13,78712,2309,79014,059
West Midlands28,27723,34120,24727,122
East Midlands14,30612,59010,84613,895
Yorks and Humberside27,67522,66019,35826,169
North West31,78327,87926,20333,951
Northern18,54915,64913,99919,235
Wales13,81511,85910,19814,376
Scotland30,44634,33426,26232,309
Northern Ireland9,0006,2685,4077,841

Unemployed claimants aged under 18 years

January 1984

July 1984

October 1984

January 1985

South East44,29235,40649,60741,253
Greater London20,71616,78222,80718,968
East Anglia5,3184,0375,6464,984
South West11,4888,60913,41911,228

January 1984

July 1984

October 1984

January 1985

West Midlands20,49117,12924,99519,975
East Midlands11,5709,92914,15212,044
Yorks and Humberside19,55817,04225,87620,259
North West26,79122,81631,78326,170
Northern14,25912,01217,97613,939
Wales10,7258,44113,66510,788
Scotland33,69323,54430,22831,992
Northern Ireland6,1025,1806,6145,045

Unemployed claimants aged under 18 years

July 1985

October 1985

January 1986

July 1986

South East34,45041,49136,68231,046
Greater London16,00119,27916,64714,151
East Anglia4,3765,2545,1004,244
South West9,06111,72010,6478,885
West Midlands18,61922,74419,14417,924
East Midlands11,81812,77111,25011,603
Yorks and Humberside20,14124,30519,99721,681
North West26,19529,69824,87224,460
Northern15,78516,53013,24213,401
Wales8,93212,87910,4568,197
Scotland23,96127,90830,42524,903
Northern Ireland4,2695,8954,9414,490

Unemployed claimants aged under 18 years

October 1986

January 1987

South East34,32929,557
Greater London15,69713,374
East Anglia4,4984,200
South West9,9548,919
West Midlands20,40616,684
East Midlands11,51110,143
Yorks and Humberside22,57318,312
North West25,90021,627
Northern13,37410,642

October 1986

January 1987

Wales10,6678,593
Scotland27,36828,868
Northern Ireland5,9404,696

Notes:

(1) Unemployment figures from January 1982 to October 1982 relate to unemployed registrants at jobcentres; from October 1982 onwards they relate to claimants at benefit offices. Figures for October 1982 are given on both bases.

(2) Figures are not directly comparable due to changes in the method of the compilation of the count.

(3) The working population estimates used to calculate Unemployed rates by age exclude many YTS participants who have no contract of employment. Percentage rates for those aged under 18 which include all those on YTS in the United kingdom working population are:

Per cent.

1983
January25·0
July21·2
October28·3
1984
January19·8
July15·9
October22·6
1985
January19·1
July17·2
October20·4
1986
January18·1
July16·5
October18·0
1987
January15·7

(4) Greater London is included in the south east region.