HC Deb 14 July 1980 vol 988 cc456-7W
Mrs. Fenner

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average percentage of unemployed in the South-East region; what is the average percentage in the Medway travel-to-work area; and what percentage of the latter are school leavers.

Mr. Jim Lester

The following table gives unemployment rates at 12 June for the South-East region, for the Chatham, Maidstone and Sittingbourne travel-to- work areas and for the Sheerness employment office area. It also indicates what percentage of the numbers unemployed

Percentage rate of unemployment School leavers as a percentage of all unemployed
South East Region 4.3 8.9
Chatham travel-to-work area (Chatham, Gillingham, Gravesend and Strood employment office areas) 8.1 15.1
Maidstone travel-to-work area (Maidstone and Aylesford employment office areas) 3.7 16.0
Sheerness employment office area 10.3 14.8
Sittingbourne travel-to-work area (Sittingbourne and Faversham employment office areas) 7.3 19.4