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Labour Statistics

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the fall in unemployment since June 1987; and if he will make a statement.

Since June 1987 the level of unemployment, seasonally adjusted, in the United Kingdom has fallen by 1,207,500 to 1,649,700 in November 1989 and is now at its lowest level for over nine years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the rise in the number of people in employment in the last quarter; and what were the comparable figures for other countries in the European Community.

In the second quarter of 1989, the latest date for which information is available, the civilian work force in employment in the United Kingdom rose by 82,000 (0·3 per cent.) to 26,033,000. Quarterly data are published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation

European comparisons of civilian employment
Seasonally adjusted
Thousands
Q4 1988Q1 1989Q2 1989Changes Q1 1989 to Q2 1989
ThousandsPercentage
United Kingdom25,78725,95126,0338203
Germany26,84227,01127,075640·2
Italy20,70020,69520,674-21-0·1
Spain11,89512,05312,2081551·3
Portugal4,3224,363n.a.410·9
France121,264n.a.n.a.n.a.n.a.
1 Figures for France are unadjusted and are published only for the fourth quarter of each year.

Source: "Quarterly Labour Force Statistics 3/1989" (OECD) except United Kingdom (ED).