HC Deb 19 January 1977 vol 924 cc214-5W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were unemployed in Wales on 31st December 1976; and what were the corresponding figures for the last five years.

Mr. Golding

Following is the information available which relates to October in each year specified. Because of industrial action by some staff in the Department of Employment Group, complete information is not available for November or December 1976.

Numbers registered as unemployed in Wales
October 1971 47,890
October 1972 46,961
October 1973 32,043
October 1974 40,397
October 1975 69,272
October 1976 79,456