Unemployment and Vacancies

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th April 1959.

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Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West 12:00 am, 13th April 1959

The hon. Member says that it is possible, from the figures published, to calculate this ratio. The reason I said that I think it would be misleading is that we must compare like with like, and the only reasonable comparison is between vacancies and all unemployed in the same occupational classification. I do not believe that any other ratio has any validity.