§ 54. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Minister of Labour to what extent unemployment has increased in Ayrshire during the three months ended 30th November; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wood
Information is available only for dates towards the middle of each month. On 17th November the number registered as unemployed in Ayrshire was 974 higher than on 11th August. There have been the usual seasonal increases in the coastal towns and in other areas the industries mostly affected were iron and steel manufacturing, engineering and the manufacture of explosives. I am glad to say that unemployment has fallen by 893 since 13th October. My local officers are continuing to give all the help they can by submitting those without jobs to vacancies notified by employers.