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Labour Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were unemployed in May 1979; and what is the number currently unemployed.

The following information is in the Library. On 8 October 1987, the number of unemployed claimants in the United Kingdom, excluding school leavers and adjusted for seasonality was 2,714,900. The corresponding figure for May 1979 was 1,152,000.