HC Deb 24 February 1983 vol 37 c518W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the percentage of unemployment in Manchester at the latest date for which figures are available; what was the percentage among people under 25 years; how many people in the city have now been out of work for more than a year; and if he will give comparable information for the same date, or as near as possible to the same date, in each of the years 1978 to 1982.

Mr. Alison

The following table gives, for the Manchester travel-to-work area, the total percentage rates for registered unemployed—the old basis of the count—and the numbers who had been registered as unemployed for over 52 weeks at January in each of the years 1978 to 1982 and at October 1982. It also gives corresponding figures for unemployed claimants—the new basis of the count—at October 1982 and January 1983.

Percentage rates of unemployment by age are not calculated for local areas.

Percentage rate Number unemployed for over 52 weeks
Registered unemployed
January 1978 6.4 10,695
January 1979 5.7 10,759
January 1980 5.8 10,124
January 1981 10.0 13,775
January 1982 13.0 28,906
October 1982 14.5 37,860
Unemployed claimants
October 1982 13.0 32,013
January 1983 13.5 35,598