§ 77. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Labour what is the present amount of unemployment in the County of Dorset as a whole, and in the Bridport area; and how it compares with the national average.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
At 14th July, there were 1,535 unemployed persons on the registers of employment exchanges in the County of Dorset, 118 of whom were registering at the Bridport Employment Exchange. The unemployment percentage rates at that date were 1.8 for the County of Dorset and 1.9 for the 139W Bridport Employment Exchange area. The figures for Great Britain for 14th July are not yet available. At 16th June the percentage rate of unemployment was 1.9 for both the County of Dorset as a whole and for the Bridport Employment Exchange area compared with 2.0 for Great Britain.