HC Deb 18 July 1935 vol 304 c1193

asked the Minister of Labour the number of those who have been unemployed for more than two but under three years, more than three but under four years, more than four but under five years, and for over five years, respectively; and the principal age groups in which they are to be found in each case?


As the reply includes a Table of figures, I will, if I may, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

STATISTICS relating to the length of the last spell of unemployment are available only in respect of persons applying for benefit or unemployment allowances. The following Table shows the numbers of such persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain at 24th June, 1935, who had been continuously on the registers for the under-mentioned periods:
Length of last spell of unemployment. Applicants aged 18–20. Applicants aged 21–64. Total aged 18–64.
2 years but less than 3 years. 1,645 83,640 85,285
3 years but less than 4 years. 419 67,298 67,717
4 years but less than 5 years. 87 53,925 54,012
5 years or more 31,446 31,446

A more detailed analysis according to age is not at present available.

Of the persons who had been on the register for extended periods, a proportion, which will increase as the period on the register increases, will have had one or more short spell of employment, lasting not more than three days each, during such periods.