Mr. W. M'LEAN WATSON
asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed registered at the Exchanges in the County of Fife, giving, as far as possible, the number of unemployed miners, textile workers, building trade workers, and dockyard workers, respectively, for each week during the present year?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
The total number of persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in the County of Fife at the beginning of each week in the present year up to 8th February is as follows:
4th January … … 7,018 11th January … … 7,072 18th January … … 7,060 25th January … … 6,888 1st February … … 6,737 8th February … … 6,276
Statistics of unemployment in particular industries are only compiled at monthly intervals and relate solely to persons insured under the Unemployment Insurance Acts. At 26th January, 1926, the numbers of insured persons in 742W the County of Fife recorded as unemployed and classified as belonging to the industries stated and for all industries were as follow:
Coal mining 1,960 Other mining 13 Textile industries 1,342 Building industry 472 Canal, dock, harbour service 229 Total (all industries) 6,991