HC Deb 21 October 1976 vol 917 c555W
Mr. Lawson

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

Mr. Golding

Separate unemployment rates for the private and public sectors can be calculated only in an imprecise way by allocating the figures for each Minimum List Heading of the Standard Industrial Classification to the sector appropriate to the majority of those in that classification. On this basis, the percentages for August were 7.7 in the private sector and 2.5 in the public sector.