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Unemployed Persons

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest percentage of unemployed in (a) the Maidstone employment district, (b) Kent and (c) England; and what are the figures for each area at the same time of year in each of the years 1970 to 1976 inclusive.

Following is the information available:

Percentage rates of unemployment
Maidstone (including Aylesford)Kent*England
March 19701·5··2·4
March 19711·5··2·8
March 19722·3··2·7
March 19731·8··2·7
March 19741·3··2·4
March 19752·0··3·1
March 19763·45·05·1
March 19774·05·85·4
*Unemployment rates for Kent have not been compiled for March 1975 and earlier dates.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of unemployed people in the catering industry are skilled and qualified people.

I regret that the information is not available. In February 1977 there were 77,838 persons registered as unemployed in Great Britain who last worked in the hotel and catering industries, but analyses are not compiled combining the industry in which the employee last worked with his or her occupation.