Unemployed Persons

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1979.

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Photo of Mr Albert Booth Mr Albert Booth , Barrow-in-Furness 12:00 am, 23rd January 1979

At 11 January, the unemployment rate in Great Britain was 6 per cent. and 1,391,220 people were registered as unemployed. On a seasonally adjusted basis, this results in an increase of 17,600. This is disappointing, but does not invalidate the picture that has emerged over the last 16 months of a general downward trend. However, we must not relax our efforts to reduce inflation still further and improve our industrial performance. In the meantime, the special manpower measures continue to make a substantial contribution to alleviating the worse effects of the recession.