HC Deb 28 January 1981 vol 997 cc406-7W
Mr. Penhaligon

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for December 1980 the 20 travel-to-work employment areas with the highest percentage male unemployment in Great Britain.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Percentage rates of unemployment are calculated for employment office areas either singly or grouped into travel-to-work areas. The following table gives the 20 areas in Great Britain with the highest male unemployment rates at 11 December 1980. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal variations and the list includes a number of coastal areas in which unemployment is generally higher in winter than in summer.

Male percentage rate of unemployment
South East
Margate 21.1
East Anglia
Hunstanton 19.2
South West
Falmouth 23.3
Ilfracombe 24.8
St Ives 26.5
East Midlands
Corby 24.5
Mablethorpe 21.2
Yorkshire and Humberside
Whitby 26.4
Hartlepool 19.6
Consett* 27.2
Wearside* 19.0
Rhyl 20.8
Tenby 20.3
Lampeter* 20.4
Wrexham* 19.5
Portree 21.7
Rothesay 21.5
Sanquhar 22.6
Stornoway 22.2
Irvine* 21.1
* Travel-to-work areas comprised of a grouping of employment office areas.

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