HC Deb 18 March 1925 vol 181 cc2291-2W

asked the Minister of Labour the approximate numbers of persons at present totally unemployed in receipt of ordinary and extended unemployment benefit under the following categories: men over 60 years of age, men between 18 and 26 years of age, men between 26 and 60 years of age, married women, and unmarried women; and the numbers affected in each category by the operation of the Ministry of Labour Circular, No. 8,213?


Periodic statistics of age distribution or marital state are not regularly collected, but the results of a special inquiry made in November, 1924, showed that at that date out of 868,300 men with claims to unemployment benefit current 181,600 were from 18 to 24 years of age, 566,900 were from 25 to 59 years, and 119,800 were 60 years and over. Of 195,700 female applicants of 18 years and over, 108,700 were single, 74,400 were married and 12,600 were widows. About 9,300 men and 550 women have been affected by the Circular referred to, but an analysis of these figures under the various categories mentioned is not available.