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Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the latest available figures for unemployment in Hertfordshire in the following categories: (a) totals for male and female and (b) totals for male and female school leavers, together with details of any job creation schemes and grants relating to the situation in Hertfordshire.

At 14th April, 9,689 males and 3,013 females were registered as unemployed in Hertfordshire. These figures include 134 male and 152 female school leavers. The Government's special employment measures have helped 1,763 people in the area at an estimated cost of almost £1·4 million. Qualifying firms in Hertfordshire also stand to benefit from all of the schemes under Section 8 of the Industry Act 1972 to encourage investment in specific industries, as well as the new selective investment scheme. Details of current schemes under the job creation programme are listed below:information about jobs lost is not available, but an indication of the net change can be obtained by comparing the levels of employment at different dates. Between February 1974 and February 1977, the latest date for which information is available, the number of employees in employment in the bacon curing, meat and fish products industry (Minimum List Heading 214) in Great Britain decreased by about 11,500. This figure is provisional.