§ Mr. James Lamond
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many men over the age of 45 years were registered as unemployed in November 1972, in the Oldham employment area; and what was the average period of their unemployment;
(2) how many women over the age of 40 years were registered as unemployed in November 1972, in the Oldham employment area; and what was the average period of their unemployment.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
At 10th July, the latest date for which information is available, 747 unemployed men aged 45 years and over and 150 unemployed women aged 40 years and over were registered at the Oldham and Chadderton employment exchange. The median length of their period of registration was in the 26–39 week range for the men and in the 13–2648W week range for the women. (It is not possible, from the data available, to calculate the average period of unemployment; an alternative indication is provided by the median, which is the point at which the number with shorter periods of unemployment is the same as the number with longer periods of unemployment.)