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Unemployment

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the current trends in (a) long-term and (b) youth unemployment in Northern Ireland. [103242]

Latest estimates from the autumn 2002 Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicate that there were 18,000 persons long-term unemployed representing 41 per cent. of the total number of unemployed persons. The total long-term unemployed over the past five years has decreased by just over 40 per cent. from 31,000 in autumn 1997 to 18,000 in autumn 2002.The youth unemployment latest estimates indicate that there were 13,000 persons aged 18–24 who were unemployed, with an associated unemployment rate of

£000
YearDistrict 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7Total
(a)Housing improvements Capital:
1999–20001,7792,1571,8522,6581,4691,3831,92213,220
2000–011,2041,3725052,7925289941,3958,790
2001–021,7251,6181,2501,1737907989388,292
2002–0311,6441,5181,2061,8168261,2042,90111,115
Total6,3526,6654,8138,4393,6134,3797,15641,417
Maintenance:
1999–20003,5904,1944,6444,6825,7874,8406,21533,952
2000–013,0416,6094,1163,7884,8934,6715,81132,929
2001–023,2464,7743,4236,5553,3654,2694,97930,611
2002–0313,3005,2653,9154,4184,4344,8664,37530,573
Total13,17720,84216,09819,44318,47918,64621,380128,065
Grants
1999–20005141,8537611,0082948783,6388,946
2000–018392,1801,0839255201,3653,86010,772
2001–026522,0831,1308862809874,21010,228
2002–0319821,7918215613241,6623,4969,637
Total2,9877,9073,7953,3801,4184,89215,20439,583
Grand total22,51635,41424,70631,26223,51027,91743,740209,065
(b)Urban renewal Newbuild:
1999–2000114105962,10010695293,050
2001–017328330141413189991,390
2001–0273174967035617521965
2002–0312813530812365114575
Total2886021,0232,6658294101635,980
Land and property spend:
1999–200013,7896788431,8932,69022710,121
2000–0154,5483903,3936,6131,3514216,342
2001–0239,2491327964,4711,8561,05917,566
2002–03'02,737452,1821,9151,8343519,064
Total920,3231,2457,21414,8927,7311,67953,093
Grand total29720,9252,2689,87915,7218,1411,84259,073
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