HC Deb 24 October 1985 vol 84 c239W
Mr. Gordon Brown

asked the Paymaster General if he will list the most recent figures for the numbers of jobs created since January 1983 after taking account of second jobs.

Mr. Alan Clark

Information about job gains and job losses is not available from the Department's statistics, but an indication of the net changes can be seen by comparing levels of employment at different dates.

Between December 1982 (figures are not available for January 1983) and June 1985 (the latest date for which comprehensive quarterly figures are available) the Great Britain employed labour force increased by 610,000. The employed labour force is the sum of employees in employment, the self employed and Her Majesty's Forces.

The second jobs included in the employees in employment estimates are not separately identified, but estimates from the labour force surveys suggest an increase of 60,000 between spring 1983 and spring 1984 (the latest date for which estimates are available) in the number of people with a second job as an employee.

The employment estimates do not include second jobs when they are held as self employed.

Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Paymaster General what is his latest estimate of the number of long-term unemployed.

Mr. Alan Clark

The following information is in the Library. On 11 July 1985, the latest date for which analysis of unemployment by duration is available, the number of claimants in the United Kingdom who had been unemployed for over one year was 1,326,884.