§ 16. Mr. Nicholas Brown
asked the Paymaster General how many men between the ages of 50 and 59 years have been unemployed for more than 12 months, two years and three years, respectively.
§ Mr. Lang
On 9 January 1986, the latest date for which figures are available, the numbers of unemployed men in the United Kingdom between the ages of 50 and 59 who had been unemployed for more than 12 months, two years and three years were 238,700, 172,400 and 122,600 respectively. The number of unemployed men over 50 years who have been unemployed for over 12 months in the United Kingdom was 256,700.
§ 18. Mr. Prescott
asked the Paymaster General what are the total numbers of employees in employment, with the estimated full-time equivalents for the years 1979, 1984 and 1985; and what estimated increases in full-time job equivalents ignoring increases in special employment measures, have taken place since the 1984 and 1985 Budgets.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
There were an estimated 22.64 million employees in employment in June 1979, 20.70 million in June 1984, and 20.83 million in June 1985. Over the same period the number of people in self-employment grew from 1.9 million to over 2.5 million.
Insufficient detail is available to calculate reliable estimates of full-time equivalents which would, in any case, not reflect the importance of increasing labour market flexibility. The continuing growth of part-time jobs is part of a long-standing process of social change and has benefited both employers and employees.
§ 19. Mr. Wigley
asked the Paymaster General what is the latest estimate of the number of (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years who are currently in employment.168W
§ 21. Mr. Fisher
asked the Paymaster General how many people are currently in full-time employment in Great Britain.
§ 24. Mr. Garrett
asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement on the current level of unemployment.
§ 31. Mr. Clelland
asked the Paymaster General how many people are unemployed now in the United Kingdom.
§ 35. Mr. Rogers
asked the Paymaster General how many people are unemployed in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
§ 33. Mr. Flannery
asked the Paymaster General what is the latest figure of people who are unemployed; and how many people he estimates are unemployed though not listed as claimants.
§ Mr. Lang
On 6 February 1986 the number of unemployed people claiming benefits in Great Britain was 3,255,589.
According to the results of the labour force survey, in the spring of 1984 in Great Britain there were about 870,000 people without jobs seeking work who were not included in the monthly count of benefit claimants. There were also about 940,000 people claiming benefit who either had a paid job or were not looking for work.
§ 37. Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Paymaster General what has been the percentage increase in unemployment since March 1983.169W
§ 46. Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Paymaster General what information he has on the percentage rate of unemployment in the European Economic Community as a whole at the most recent date for which figures are available; and what was the comparable percentage 10 years previously.
§ Mr. Lang
Using the latest figures available from national sources, the unemployment rate in the 12 European Community countries was 12.1 per cent. in December 1985. Comparable figures for 10 years ago are not available; but in December 1975, the rate in the nine EC countries, excluding Greece, Portugal and Spain, was 5.0 per cent. compared with 11.3 per cent. in December 1985.
§ Mr. Wainwright
asked the Paymaster General how many people currently registered as unemployed are seeking their first job; what percentage this figure represents of the under 19 years age group; and how these figures compare with those for the same period in 1979.
§ Mr. Lang
The information is not available in the form requested. However, on 6 February 1986 there were 307,916 unemployed claimants in the United Kingdom who had never had a job since leaving school, of which 153,948 were aged under 19 years. Figures for the number of employees in the under 19 years of age group are not separately identified.
Direct comparisons of unemployment by age since 1979 are not possible because of changes in the way figures are collected. However, the number of unemployed registrants in the United Kingdom in February 1979 who have never had a job was 70,938. A breakdown of this figure by age group is possible only for Great Britain (figures not collected by age group for Northern Ireland) and this shows that out of a total number of 68,254 unemployed registrants in Great Britain who have never had a job, 44,352 were aged under 19 years.
§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Paymaster General if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers of persons unemployed for each of the wards of Rochester Medway city council.
§ Mr. Lang
The following information is in the Library. Figures are given showing the numbers of unemployed claimants in the wards of the Rochester-upon-Medway local authority district as at 6 February 1986.
Number All Saints 382 Caxton and Halling 182 Earl 469 Frindsbury 496 Frindsbury Extra 196 Holcombe 823 Hoo St. Werburgh 427
Number Horsted 255 Lordswood 518 Luton 785 Rede Court 135 St. Margarets and Borstal 386 Temple Farm 515 Thames Side 311 Town 924 Troy Town 532 Walderslade 643 Warren Wood 339 Wayfield 459 Weedswood 406
§ Mr. Trippier
Since the beginning of February we have received three letters from hon. Members and four from members of the public on the subject.
§ Mr. Gordon Brown
asked the Paymaster General If he will list his most recent figures for (a) the numbers of long-term unemployed, (b) the numbers unemployed for more than two years and (c) the number unemployed for more than three years in the northern region.
§ Mr. Lang
On 9 January 1986, the latest date for which an analysis of unemployment by duration is available, the number of claimants in the northern region who had been unemployed for over one year, over two years and over three years was 109,342, 70,092 and 47,156, respectively.
This information is in the Library.