HC Deb 26 June 1980 vol 987 c242W
Mr. Straw

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what estimate he makes, in absolute terms and as a percentage of the relevant age groups, of the numbers registered as unemployed in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the North-West and (c) Blackburn travel-to-work area who are (i) aged under 19 years and (ii) aged under 25 years.

Mr. Jim Lester

[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1980, c. 78]: The following table gives, for the age groups specified, the numbers registered as unemployed at 10 April, the latest date for which information is available. Unemployment rates by age are not available for the areas listed but for Great Britain the rates are 11.9 per cent. for those under 19 and 10.1 per cent. for those under 25.

Aged under 19 years Aged under 25 years (includes those aged under 19 years)
United Kingdom 181,548 551,105
North-West region 27,854 86,780
Blackburn travel-to-work area 478 1,550