HC Deb 23 October 1986 vol 102 c944W
Mr. Ron Davies

asked the Paymaster General what was the number of long-term unemployed 12 months ago, six months ago and at the latest available date.

Mr. Lee

The following information is in the Library. The table shows the number of claimants who had been unemployed for over a year in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) 12 months ago, six months ago, and at 10 July 1986, the latest date for which an analysis of unemployment by duration is available.

Unemployed claimants
10 October 1985 1,292,777
10 April 1986 1.295,641
10 July 1986 1,285,366

This comparison is affected by the change in the timing of the compilation of the unemployment count in February 1986.