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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2562


Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Social

Services, upon notice:

(1)   What is the average period for which unemployment benefits are paid.

(2)   What is tbe average period in (a) metropolitan and (b) non-metropolitan employment districts.


Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Regular statistics of the period for which unemployment benefits are paid are not maintained. From a survey, of benefits current as at 29th May *1971, however, it is estimated that the average period for which the benefits current at that date had been in force was 9.7 weeks. Some 42 per cent of beneficiaries had been in receipt of benefits for less than one month, and only 8 per cent for more than six months.

(2)   The information is not available. However, from information obtained from the above survey it is estimated that the average period for which unemployment benefits current at 29th May 1971 had been in force was 8.4 weeks for 'metropolitan' areas and 10.6 weeks for 'non-metropolitan' areas. For the purposes of the survey 'metropolitan' areas comprised areas served by State Headquarters Offices and associated metropolitan suboffices of the Social Services Department and non-metropolitan' areas comprised areas served by the Regional Offices of the Department.







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