HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 c361W
19. Mr. Patrick Thompson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what economic evidence he has to support his statement. Official Report, 17 November, c. 995, that unemployment is now levelling off.

Mr. Lawson

November's fall in adult seasonally adjusted unemployment was the third fall in the last four months. In addition, the number of people in jobs rose in the second quarter for the first time since the recession began, vacancies are on an upward trend, short-time working is at its lowest level for four years, and overtime is increasing.