HC Deb 29 May 1930 vol 239 cc1446-7

asked the Minister of Labour if she will state the figure of unemployment in Germany for each month since June, 1929; and whether she can state how many at each date were engaged in agricultural or other work which in this country is not in an industry insured against un-employment?


As the reply contains a large number of figures I propose, with the right hon. Member's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Will the right hon. Lady consider giving similar information approximately with regard to the United States?


I shall be glad to consider that suggestion.

Following is the reply:

The numbers of persons registered as available for and seeking work at the public Employment Exchanges in Germany, at the end of each month since June, 1929, are given in the table below. It is not possible to separate completely from the German unemployment statistics the classes of persons who in this country are not insured against unemployment; persons classified, however, as workers in (a) agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishing, and (b) private domestic service are separately shown in the statistics, and the numbers of these registered at each date are given in separate columns of the table below. In

Date (end of the month). Number of persons registered at the German Public Employment Exchanges as available for and seeking work.
Total. Belonging to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishing.* Belonging to private domestic service.
June 1,382,999 22,991 45,852
July 1,355,027 22,414 44,935
August 1,359,677 22,623 45,402
September 1,403,251 24,858 48,691
October 1,627,439 32,754 58,172
November 2,100,910 80,875 65,248
December 2,894,798 146,739 63,802
January 3,258,957 172,242 73,108
February 3,407,696 181,958 74,426
March 3,091,445 140,581 72,614