HC Deb 05 December 1989 vol 163 cc201-2W
46. Mr. Bevan

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current youth unemployment rate(a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in other European Community Countries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholls

In September 1989, the latest comparable date, the unemployment rate in the United Kingdom amongst under 25-year-olds was under half that of the EEC average. The following table shows a full comparison.

Unemployment rates for comparison between EEC countries Seasonally adjusted
Under 25 years—September 1989
Luxembourg 4.1
West Germany 5.0
United Kingdom 8.2
Denmark 10.7
Portugal 10.8
Netherlands 15.8
Belgium 17.7

France 20.8
Ireland 23.5
Greece 124.4
Spain. 32.5
Italy 33.3
EEC average 17.4
1 April 1987