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Employment (Assisted Areas)

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will list any assisted areas where the level of unemployment in percentage terms at the latest available date was near to or below the national average.

The assisted areas which had an unemployment rate at or below the Great Britain average of 5·8 per cent. in March 1977 were as follows:

North-West intermediate area—5·6 per cent.
Yorkshire and Humberside intermediate area—5·8 per cent.
North Midlands intermediate area—4·7 per cent.
High Peak intermediate area—3·3 per cent.