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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - Off-hand I can furnish only approximate figures. The official statistics show that in 1938-39 the number of persons employed in industry, excluding rural, domestic and defence workers, was 1,730,000. The comparative statistics for last month show that the number of persons similarly employed was 2,436,000. Although unemployment benefits were not paid in 1939, statistics show that in December, 1939, 290,000 trade unionists were registered as unemployed. The latest figures available to me of unemployment during the current year were supplied about three weeks ago, and they indicate that 1.296 people are at present receiving unemployment benefit.

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