HC Deb 12 May 1953 vol 515 cc71-2W
56. Mr. J. T. Hall

asked the Minister of Labour the number of able-bodied men and women registering at the employment exchange in the county borough of Gateshead; the average length of unemployment of the people unemployed; and how many of those on the register have been offered employment in the past three months.

Sir W. Monckton

The numbers of unemployed men and women on the registers of the Gateshead Employment Exchange at 13th April were 1,050 and 520, respectively. The average length of time for which they had been unemployed is not known, but the following table gives an analysis, according to duration of unemployment, of the numbers of wholly unemployed persons on the registers at 16th March (the latest date for which such an analysis is available):

Duration of Unemployment (in weeks) Men Women Total
8 or less 368 349 717
Over 8 and up to 13 99 117 216
Over 13 and up to 26 146 79 225
Over 26 and up to 52 129 54 183
Over 52 316 48 364

It is not possible to say how many unemployed persons on the registers were offered jobs, but during the 12 weeks ended 8th April, 1,033 vacancies for men and 725 for women were filled by the Gateshead Employment Exchange.