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Unemployment Statistics

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will publish a regional breakdown of long-term unemployment of those unemployed over one year to October 1987, showing numbers and the percentage changes.

The following information is in the Library. The table shows for each region of the United Kingdom, the numbers of unemployed claimants who had been unemployed for over one year at October 1986 and October 1987, together with the changes over the year expressed both numerically and as a percentage.

Claimants unemployed for over one year
RegionOct 1986Oct 1987ChangePercentage change
South East123,574100,785-22,789-18·4
East Anglia28,22323,584-4,639-16·4
South West68,84357,563-11,280-16·4
West Midlands161,417136,272-25,145-15·6
East Midlands80,91769,755-11,162-13·8
Yorkshire and Humberside130,122118,711-11,411-8·8
North West199,305172,359-26,946-13·5
Northern Ireland64,25164,8846331·0
United Kingdom1,341,0061,172,236-168,770-12·6