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Labour Statistics

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest figure for the rate of unemployment; what the figure was for each of the last five years in (a) the Bolton and Bury travel-to-work area and (b) the rest of the north-west area; and if he will make a statement.

The requested information is provided in the table.Direct comparisons over the period cannot be made because of the various changes to the count over the period, in particular the change in benefit regulations for under 18-year-olds in September 1988 and because of seasonal influences.

Unadjusted unemployment rate (workforce base) April 1985 to April 1990
Bolton and Bury travel-to-work area
AprilRate
198514·7
198614·4
198713·1
198810·7
19898·2
19906·8
Rest of north-west region
AprilRate
198514·7
198614·8
198713·7
198811·5

April

Rate

19898·9
19907·6

United Kingdom

April

Rate

198511·8
198612·0
198711·1
19889·0
19896·6
19905·7

Work force rate is unemployed claimants expressed as a percentage of the work force (ie unemployed, employees in employment, self-employed, Her Majesty's forces and participants on work-related Government training programmes).