asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will publish in the

*Official Report* ( *a*) the total number, ( *b*) the number of males and ( *c*) the number of females, registered unemployed in Northern Ireland for (i) less than six months, (ii)

six months to one year, (iii) over one year, (iv) over two years (v) over three years and (vi) over five years respectively for the year 1979 and for each of the last five years.

The figures (at October of each year) are set out below:

1979 | (a) Total | (b) Males | (c) Females |

1. Less than 6 months | 34,665 | 20,252 | 14,413 |

2. 6 months-1 year | 10,114 | 6,418 | 3,696 |

3. Over 1 year | 20,033 | 16,368 | 3,665 |

4. Over 2 years | 11,529 | 9,990 | 1,539 |

5. Over 3 years | 7,206 | 6,406 | 800 |

6. Over 5 years | 2,835 | 2,542 | 293 |

Total Unemployed [(1)+(2)+(3)] | 64,812 | 43,038 | 21,774 |

1983 | (a) Total | (b) Males | (c) Females |

1. Less than 6 months | 45,467 | 27,826 | 17,641 |

2. 6 months-1 year | 20,537 | 14,219 | 6,318 |

3. Over 1 year | 53,839 | 44,427 | 9,412 |

4. Over 2 years | 31,221 | 26,992 | 4,229 |

5. Over 3 years | 18,304 | 16,080 | 2,224 |

6. Over 5 years | 6,759 | 6,051 | 708 |

Total Unemployed [(1)+(2)+(3)] | 119,843 | 86,472 | 33,371 |

1984 | (a) Total | (b) Males | (c) Females |

1. Less than 6 months | 43,359 | 25,966 | 17,393 |

2. 6 months-1 year | 18,641 | 12,524 | 6,117 |

3. Over 1 year | 59,951 | 48,703 | 11,248 |

4. Over 2 years | 37,469 | 31,936 | 5,533 |

5. Over 3 years | 24,198 | 21,186 | 3,012 |

6. Over 5 years | 8,623 | 7,751 | 872 |

Total Unemployed [(1)+(2)+(3)] | 121,951 | 87,193 | 34,758 |

1985 | (a) Total | (b) Males | (c) Females |

1. Less than 6 months | 44,498 | 26,728 | 17,770 |

2. 6 months-1 year | 18,244 | 12,376 | 5,868 |

3. Over 1 year | 59,080 | 48,277 | 10,803 |

4. Over 2 years | 39,907 | 33,917 | 5,990 |

5. Over 3 years | 28,006 | 24,370 | 3,636 |

6. Over 5 years | 12,526 | 11,185 | 1,341 |

Total Unemployed [(1)+(2)+(3)] | 121,822 | 87,381 | 34,441 |

1986 | (a) Total | (b) Males | (c) Females |

1. Less than 6 months | 45,901 | 27,525 | 18,376 |

2. 6 months 1 year | 20,483 | 14,101 | 6,382 |

3. Over 1 year | 64,251 | 52,312 | 11,939 |

4. Over 2 years | 42,541 | 36,080 | 6,461 |

5. Over 3 years | 31,430 | 27,188 | 4,242 |

6. Over 5 years | 16,345 | 14,566 | 1,779 |

Total Unemployed [(1)+(2)+(3)] | 130,635 | 93,938 | 36,697 |

1987 | (a) Total | (b) Males | (c) Females |

1. Less than 6 months | 41,729 | 25,182 | 16,547 |

2. 6 months-1 year | 18,088 | 12,111 | 5,977 |

3. Over 1 year | 64,884 | 52,921 | 11,963 |

4. Over 2 years | 44,410 | 37,606 | 6,804 |

5. Over 3 years | 32,614 | 28,235 | 4,379 |

6. Over 5 years | 19,061 | 16,962 | 2,099 |

Total Unemployed [(1)+(2)+(3)] | 124,701 | 90,214 | 34,487 |

*Notes:*

(i) Figures are not mutually exclusive, for example, those unemployed for over 2 years are included in the number unemployed for over 1 year.

(ii) The 1979 figures are based on the number of registrants at Jobmarkets; the figures for 1983–1987 are based on the number of claimants at social security offices.

(iii) Figures over the period are not strictly comparable due to several administrative changes in the system from which the unemployment statistics are derived.