HC Deb 04 July 1983 vol 45 c18W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many young people under the age of 21 years are unemployed in Wales; and what were the correspondng figures for the last 10 years.

Mr. John Stradling Thomas

The information is not available in the exact form requested. However, in April 1983, the latest date for which such figures are available, 34,493 claimants under the age of 20 years were unemployed in Wales. In previous years the figures, based on registrations and not therefore directly comparable, were:

Year Numbers
April 1982 30,178
April 1981 23,760
April 1980 17,358
April 1979 13,345
*Jan 1978 18,255
Jan 1977 16,301
Jan 1976 14,535
* Prior to 1979 the statistics were collected in January and July each year; figures prior to 1976 are not available.