Statistics.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 12th May 1932.

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Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

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asked the Minister of Labour how many insured persons were employed in Great Britain on the 1st January, 1931, and the 1st of each subsequent month to the latest date?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

As the reply includes a Table of figures, I will, if I may, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

Estimates of the number of insured persons in employment are available in respect of one date only towards the end of each month.

The following Table gives the figures on this basis for each month since December, 1930. The estimates for July, 1931, and subsequent months are provisional.

Date.Number (Thousands).
1930.
22nd December9,475
1931.
26th January9,215
23rd February9,326
23rd March9,383
27th April9,482
18th May9,516
22nd June9,426
27th July9,333
24th August9,365
21st September9,326
26th October9,436
23rd November9,510
21st December9,593
1932.
25th January9,365
22nd February9,403
21st March9,549
25th April9,484

The figures are obtained by deducting from the estimated total numbers insured the numbers recorded as unemployed, and those directly involved in trade disputes, together with 3½ per cent. of the numbers insured, to allow for persons absent from work through sickness and other forms of unrecorded non-employment other than holidays.