§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current figure for long-term unemployment in (a) the Northern region, (b) Durham county council area and (c) Bishop Auckland constituency; and what were the comparable figures in May 1979 and January 1980.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
Duration analyses of the numbers unemployed are made quarterly in January, April, July and October and the latest available information is for January 1981. The following table gives the numbers registered as unemployed for over 52 weeks at April 1979, January 1980 and January 1981 in the areas specified. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.
April 1979 January 1980 January 1981 North Region 35,885 33,260 43,792 Durham County 5,461 5,396 7,024 Bishop Auckland parliamentary constituency* 789 658 893 * The Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Newson Aycliffe employment office areas.