HC Deb 27 May 1976 vol 912 cc361-2W
Mr. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide, for May 1976, figures for unemployment in the private and public sectors comparable to those given in his reply of 13th April to the hon. Member for Blaby, Official Report, 13th April, column 444.

Mr. Golding

The detailed industrial analysis of the unemployed on which these calculations are based becomes available three to four weeks after the date of the count. For the count made on 13th May the analysis is expected during the second week in June. I will circulate the required information in theOfficial Report.

Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest ratio of persons registered as unemployed to notified unfilled vacancies; and what was the comparable ratio in October 1974.

Mr. Golding

At May 1976, 1,220,360 people were registered as unemployed in Great Britain. At that date, 121,982 unfilled vacancies were held by employment offices and 28,694 by careers offices. The corresponding figures for October 1974 were 610,259, 299,056 and 76,463 respectively. The vacancy figures relate only to those notified to the offices and are not a measure of total vacancies. Because of possible duplication the vacancy figures for employment offices and careers offices cannot be added together or used separately to provide the ratios requested.