HC Deb 02 March 1987 vol 111 c472W
8. Mr. Rogers

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the latest unadjusted figures for unemployment in (a) Rhondda, (b) Mid-Glamorgan and (c) Wales; and if he will give the equivalent figures for 1979 on the most nearly comparable basis.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

On 8 January 1987, the total number of unemployed claimants in Rhondda district, Mid Glamorgan and Wales were 5,190, 33,772 and 176,866 respectively. Unadjusted figures for 1979 are not available on a comparable basis.

17. Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many people were unemployed in May 1979 and to the latest date possible in 1987; and by how much in percentage terms and in figures the unemployed rate has increased for Wales.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

In January 1987, the seasonally adjusted figure for unemployment in Wales was 165,300. The corresponding figure for May 1979 was 73,100. Between the two dates, the unemployment rate rose from 5.9 per cent., to 13.4 per cent. equivalent to 127 per cent.

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