Labour Statistics

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd March 1987.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Nicholls Mr Patrick Nicholls , Teignbridge 12:00 am, 3rd March 1987

Does my hon. Friend agree that there are several anomalies behind even those figures? Does he agree that if a man worked for two days every week, but not for the same two days every week, he would have worked for 40 per cent. of that week, but be recorded as 100 per cent. unemployed? If the unemployment figures are to be a record of all those who are unemployed should they not be adjusted to take account of anomalies like that?