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Labour Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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35.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number of unemployed in each local office area in each of the last three years.

The information is as follows:

Local office area (Jobmarket area)Number of unemployed claimants1
October 1985October 1986October 1987
Antrim3,8023,7753,455
Armagh3,0733,3693,228
Ballymena3,7904,2284,037
Ballymoney2,6923,1372,889
Ballynahinch801878843
Banbridge2,0952,2142,144
Bangor2,9453,0893,008
Belfast38,96041,99440,050
Carrickfergus2,2722,5242,236
Coleraine3,9414,4074,130
Cookstown2,2722,3072,189
Downpatrick1,4501,5551,597
Dungannon3,5883,8323,721
Enniskillen4,4804,8534,627
Kilkeel751836772
Larne2,1172,2962,021
Limavady2,3182,5502,424
Lisburn4,2654,5884,176
Londonderry10,02110,3899,956
Lurgan3,8414,1723,843
Magherafelt3,0313,1653,130
Newcastle1,1101,1721,114
Newry6,1896,4636,317
Newtownards2,6462,8962,721
Omagh3,1053,4543,465
Portadown2,5042,5752,660
Strabane3,7633,9173,948
Northern Ireland121,822130,635124,701
1 There was a change in the compilation of the unemployment statistics in March 1986, which provided a more accurate and consistent measure of the numbers claiming benefits. This change consisted of compiling the statistics 3 weeks, rather than 1 week, after the specified count date each month. It resulted in the count being lower by an estimated average of 2,100 per month in Northern Ireland.