HC Deb 22 January 1998 vol 304 cc678-9W
Mr. Sarwar

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the trends in respect of long-term unemployment in Scotland. [22749]

Mr. Wilson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces two measures of unemployment. The first is derived from the quarterly Labour Force Survey, and is defined on a consistent and internationally recognized basis set out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and counts as unemployed people who are: (a) without a paid job; (b) available to start work within the next two weeks and (c) have either looked for work in the last four weeks or are waiting to start a job already obtained.

ONS also publishes figures on the number of people who are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or National Insurance Credits. This is published monthly and known as the Claimant Count.

Defining long term unemployment as those who have been unemployed for 12 months or more, the data requested are shown in the table.

Number of people in Scotland ILO unemployed for 12 months or more
Summer 1992 to Summer 1997 (not seasonally adjusted)
Summer 1992 96,000
Summer 1993 102,000
Summer 1994 92,000
Summer 1995 92,000
Summer 1996 75,000
Summer 1997 70,000


Office for National Statistics, Labour Force Survey.

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