HC Deb 29 October 1937 vol 328 cc422-3W
Sir R. Clarry

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the number of employed and unemployed persons in Newport at the latest convenient date, and the numbers at corresponding dates last year and in the years 1930 and 1931?

Mr. E. Brown

The following table gives such information as is availableNewport and Newport Docks Employment Exchanges.

Year. Estimated numbers, aged 16–64, insured in July. Insured Personns, aged 16–64, recorded as unemployed in September.
1937 Not yet available. Revised basis of count 4,564*
Original basis
1936 28,430 6,791
1931 28,830 10,444
1930 27,370 8,972

*The procedure for counting the unemployed was revised in September, 1937. Under the revised procedure persons subsequently found to be in employment at the date of the count are excluded from the figures.

The figures are exclusive of persons insured under the Agricultural Scheme.

The estimated numbers of insured persons are based on the numbers of unemployment books exchanged at the Newport and Newport Docks Employment Exchanges. For the country as a whole the numbers of insured persons in employment can be estimated by deducting the numbers unemployed from the estimated numbers insured, but in using this method for particular local areas it is necessary to bear in mind that insured persons, when unemployed may register at Employment Exchanges other than those at which their unemployment books were exchanged.