Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Rate.

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asked the Taoiseach if he will indicate the percentage proportional rate of unemployment in this country at present as it relates to the rates of unemployment currently applicable in countries of the EEC; and if he will indicate whether or not there has been a decrease in the rate of unemployment in this country since 31st January, 1972.

The systems under which employment statistics are complied and the definitions involved vary from country to country and it is not possible to quote current comparable unemployment rates for this country and for the different countries of the EEC.

Between 28th January, 1972, and 10th March, 1972, the latest available date, the total live register figure has fallen by some 1,800. This is somewhat more than the seasonal decline in this period in recent years.