§ 46. Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of those unemployed at present have been unemployed for more than a year; and what were the corresponding proportions in each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Following is the available information.
Proportion of registered wholly unemployed people in Great Britain who had been registered for more than 52 weeks. Per cent. October, 1971 15.9 October, 1970 17.7 October, 1969 17.7 October, 1968 16.5 October, 1967 13.7 October, 1966 12.9 October, 1965 16.7 October, 1964 18.9 October, 1963 17.0 October, 1962 12.5 September, 1961 16.4
The numbers registered as wholly unemployed are analysed in sufficient detail 160W to identify those who have been on the register for more than 52 weeks at quarterly intervals. From 1962, the analysis has been made in January, April, July and October. Until then, it was made in March, June, September and December. The figures for January, 1972, are not yet available.