HC Deb 22 April 1915 vol 71 c416

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the figures of unemployed women and girls registered on the live lists of the Glasgow Labour Exchange for each week from the beginning of the year?


The following are the figures asked for by my hon. Friend:—

Number of Women and Girls on the Live Register of the Glasgow Labour Exchanges (Bridegton, Govan, Parkhead, Partick, Rutherglen, South Side, and Springburn) on the undermentioned dates from 1st January, 1915, to the 16th April, 1915.

Women. Girls.*
January 1st, 1915 410
January 8th, 1915 675
January 15th, 1915 810 337
January 22nd, 1915 791
January 29th, 1915 792
February 5th, 1915 889
February 12th, 1915 845 274
February 19th, 1915 801
February 26th, 1915 827
March 5th, 1915 873
March 12th, 1915 858 236
March 19th, 1915 857
March 26th, 1915 1,640
April 1st, 1915 1,729
April 9th, 1915 1,516
April 16th, 1915 1,699
* Only monthly figures are available for girls.

The increase in the numbers on the register in the weeks subsequent to 19th March is not, I believe, due to any increase in unemployment amongst women in Glasgow, but to the fact that the publicity recently given to the demand for women's services by the issue of a notice inviting women to register on the special register for war service has also led to large numbers of women coming forward to register at the Exchanges in the ordinary way.