HC Deb 19 February 1980 vol 979 c119W
17. Mr. Whitehead

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what level of unemployment he expects in the East Midlands by the end of the current year.

Mr. Jim Lester

Future levels of unemployment are very difficult to forecast, but it is widely expected that unemployment generally will rise in the coming months. I would hope that unemployment in the East Midlands will continue to remain well below the national average. Improvements in the overall employment position will depend on the ability of industry to increase its productivity and competitiveness.