The number of people applying for social security assistance who are unemployed has doubled since 1994. In a written reply to legislators, the Government said that in 1994 only four per cent of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance applicants were unemployed, but that figure increased to eight per cent in the first 11 months of last year. The proportion of low-income families also increased from one to two per cent in the period. Among the unemployed about 70 per cent were aged between 20 and 49. But the Health and Welfare Branch said in another reply that it had no plans to grant additional allowances for those seeking jobs. The branch said travelling expenses for job interviews were covered by a special grant, and there were also grants for telephone charges. 'We do not think that there is a case for introducing additional allowances for such items as pagers which are not essential. 'A contact address or a contact telephone number should provide adequate avenues for keeping in touch with potential employers,' it said.