§ 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.407W
§ 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 North Hartlepool 19.6 Consett* 27.2 Wearside* 19.0 Wales Rhyl 20.8 Tenby 20.3 Lampeter* 20.4 Wrexham* 19.5 Scotland 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.