HC Deb 22 March 1988 vol 130 c69W
Rev. Martin Smyth

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish what information he has about unemployment by ethnic group at regional and metropolitan county level.

Mr. Lee

Information about unemployment by ethnic group is available from the labour force survey, but the amount of detail that can be provided is limited by small sample numbers. Estimated unemployment rates by ethnic origin for regions and metropolitan counties, averaged over spring 1984, 1985 and 1986, were published in the March 1988 issue ofEmployment Gazette (Table 12 on page 177), a copy of which is in the Library. Later estimates will be published when the final results of the 1987 labour force survey become available later this year.