HC Deb 07 February 1977 vol 925 cc546-7W
Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Employment why he has changed the area in Suffolk covered by the Bury St. Edmunds employment office for the purpose of collecting unemployment statistics; and if the figure of 1,410 men and women registered as out of work in the Bury and Mildenhall area at the last count represents a net increase over the previous count, when Bury St. Edmunds was combined with Brandon but not with Mildenhall.

Mr. Golding

There has been no recent change in the areas for which the figures are compiled. The numbers unemployed can be given separately for the Bury St. Edmunds, Mildenhall and Brandon employment office areas. The latest figures, which are provisional and relate to 13th January are 1,098, 376 and 193, respectively. The corresponding figures from the previous count, in October 1976, were 978, 328 and 188. Complete counts were not made in November and December because of industrial action by some staff within the Department of Employment Group.

In the calculation of unemployment rates, which are available for the whole of a travel-to-work area but not separately for its constituent parts, Bury St. Edmunds is linked with Mildenhall, and Brandon with Thetford.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of registered unemployed men and women in the Haverhill area of Suffolk for January 1977 and for the same month in each of the previous 10 years.

Mr. Golding

Following is the information available:

Males Females Total
January 1967 144 36 180
January 1968 151 52 203
January 1969 111 41 152
January 1970 124 27 151
January 1971 168 50 218
January 1972 206 116 322
January 1973 290 146 436
January 1974 143 21 164
January 1975
January 1976 412 111 523
January 1977 458 122 580

Because of industrial action at local offices of the Employment Service Agency information for January 1975 is not available. The figures for January 1977 are provisional.

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