Tackling long term unemployment: a proposal

Frank Kirwan

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    In Britain during July of 1983 11% of a l l male claimants on the unemployment
    register had been unemployed for at l e a s t one year. Over 60% had been
    unemployed for six months or more. The proportions for females were somewhat
    lower, but one in four had been a claimant for over one year, while one in two had been a claimant for at least six months. The incidence of long term unemployment has been increasing over time. In July of 1981 46% of all men and women on the register had been out of work for six months or more. Two years later the proportion thus affected had increased to 58%. These are national figures and embrace people of all ages. In some parts of the country - the West Midlands, North and North West of England - and amongst some age groups - the over 35's and particularly the over 45's - the proportions are significantly higher. This economic perspective seeks to propose an alternative approach to solving Britain's long term unemployment problem.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56-58
    Number of pages3
    JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1983


    • long term unemployed
    • unemployment patterns
    • joblessness
    • economic strategy
    • UK economy
    • Britain


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