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Unemployment (North-East)

Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the current unemployment rates in (a) South Tyneside borough council, (b) North Tyneside borough council, (c) Gateshead borough council and (d) Newcastle borough council. [37779]

Percentage rates of claimant unemployment are not available below the level of travel-to-work area except in the case of unitary authorities.The labour force survey produces unemployment figures based on the internationally standard definition of unemployment recommended by the International Labour Organisation. The LFS shows that in winter 1995–96 the rates of ILO unemployment in the Newcastle and South Tyneside borough council areas were 11.3 per cent. and 15.6 per cent. respectively. This represents the extent of the available information.