§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the percentage of unemployment in Manchester at the latest date for which figures are available; what was the percentage among people under 25 years; how many people in the city have now been out of work for more than a year; and if he will give comparable information for the same date, or as near as possible to the same date, in each of the years 1978 to 1982.
§ Mr. Alison
The following table gives, for the Manchester travel-to-work area, the total percentage rates for registered unemployed—the old basis of the count—and the numbers who had been registered as unemployed for over 52 weeks at January in each of the years 1978 to 1982 and at October 1982. It also gives corresponding figures for unemployed claimants—the new basis of the count—at October 1982 and January 1983.
Percentage rates of unemployment by age are not calculated for local areas.
Percentage rate Number unemployed for over 52 weeks Registered unemployed January 1978 6.4 10,695 January 1979 5.7 10,759 January 1980 5.8 10,124 January 1981 10.0 13,775 January 1982 13.0 28,906 October 1982 14.5 37,860 Unemployed claimants October 1982 13.0 32,013 January 1983 13.5 35,598