HC Deb 21 December 1982 vol 34 c445W
55. Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are currently unemployed in the county of South Yorkshire; and by how much this exceeds the number unemployed four years previously.

Mr. Alison

At November 1982, the number of unemployed claimants—new basis—in the South Yorkshire metropolitan county was 91,797. There is no comparable figure available for 1978, but the number registered as unemployed—old basis—in the area at November 1978 was 36,754.

The figures on the old and on the new basis at October 1982 were 95,545, and 91,246, respectively, but the difference would not be of the same proportions in other months.