HC Deb 12 December 1977 vol 941 cc56-7W
Mr. Pattie

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in unemployment for the two periods June 1970 to January 1974, and February 1974 to the latest available date, for each country in the EEC, the United States. Canada and Japan.

Mr. Golding

The following is the information requested:

The calculations have been made using the most consistent national data over the period involved. The percentage changes represent only an approximate guide to relative changes between countries owing to differences in the corncepts, coverage and methods of collection; for example, the August figures for the United Kingdom include summer school leavers whereas this is not the case in all other countries.