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Labour Statistics

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give, from the 1987 "Labour Force Survey" by region including Greater London, and by sex, the number of people not counted as unemployed by the definition using broad International Labour Organisation guidelines, on the grounds that they had not looked for a job in the four weeks prior to interview, but who had stated that they would like a job if one was available, and (a) were available to start work within two weeks or (b) were not available to start work within two weeks.

Preliminary results from the 1987 "Labour Force Survey" are as shown in the following table:

Persons not in employment and not unemployed on ILO-OECD definition, who had not looked for work in four weeks prior to interview1but would like a job, by availability to start work Spring 1987, Thousands
Available to start within two weeksNot available to start within two weeks2
MalesFemalesMalesFemales
Great Britain379799284512
Northern28552035
Yorkshire and Humberside41862853
East Midlands26601842
East Anglia324314
South East10020973152
of which Greater London49903266
South West23621829
West Midlands43873050
North West551014273
Wales24392329
Scotland30752638
1 Includes those who did not state whether they had looked for work.
2 Includes those who did not state whether they were available to start work.
3 Sample size too small for a reliable estimate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give, from the 1987 "Labour Force Survey", the number of people who had looked for a job in the four-week reference period and were available to start work within two weeks, for each region and Greater London, broken down by sex and claimant status.

The available information is given in the following table. A reliable analysis of the regional figures by claimant status is not available.

People looking for a job in the four-week reference period1who were available to start work within two weeks Great Britain, Spring 1987 (Preliminary results)
Thousands
MenWomenTotal
Claiming benefits1,5064952,001
Not claiming215668883
Total, Great Britain1,7221,1632,884
Of which:
South East393282675
(including Greater London)(203)(115)(318)
East Anglia444185
South West10092193
West Midlands209119328
East Midlands11787203
Yorkshire and Humberside172105277
North West236163398
North12772199
Wales10164165
Scotland223139362
Note: The figures from the "Labour Force Survey" are subject to sampling errors. In some cases figures may appear not to add because of rounding.
1 Including some wanting to start a new job already obtained, as in the ILO/OECD measure of unemployment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the constituencies in which current unemployment is at over 15 per cent.

The information requested is not available. Unemployment rates are not calculated for areas smaller than travel-to-work areas.