HC Deb 27 April 1987 vol 115 cc49-50W
Mr. Coleman

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the latest numbers of people unemployed in Wales and in Neath.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

On 12 March 1987 the total numbers of unemployed claimants in Wales and Neath Borough were 166,000 and 3,677 respectively.

Mr. Rowlands

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in full-time employment in Wales in 1987; and how this compares with the figures in 1979.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

The estimated numbers of employees in employment at December 1986 and December 1979 were 678,000 and 864,000 respectively. These figures include all male employees and full-time female employees, but they exclude the self-employed. The number of self-employed is estimated to have risen by 30,000 between September 1979 and September 1986.