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Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total number of unemployed in Wales at 14 November, or to the most recent convenient date; what were their sexes, ages and categories of previous employment; and when he estimates that his policies will have brought about a significant reduction in this figure.

The most recent information relates to 11 October 1979, when 85,816 persons were registered as unemployed in Wales. The distribution of these by sex and age was as follows:

Under 18181920–2425–2930–3435–4445–4950–5455–5960–6465 and overTotal all ages
The latest information on categories of previous employment relates to 9 August and is given below:—
Numbers registered as unemployed
Order No.Standard Industrial ClassificationMalesFemales
IAgriculture, forestry, fishing1,016197
IIMining and quarrying2,12630
IIIFood, drink and tobacco1,091593
IVCoal and petroleum products13023
VChemicals and allied industries530298
VIMetal manufacture3,324305
VIIMechanical engineering1,372271
VIIIInstrument engineering82132
IXElectrical engineering722832
XShipbuilding and marine engineering17711
XIIMetal goods not elsewhere specified1,177422
XIVLeather, leather goods and fur6753
XVClothing and footwear132923
XVIBricks pottery, glass cement, etc.370131
XVIITimber furniture, etc.404127
XVIIIPaper printing, publishing419308
XIXOther manufacturing industries862742
XXIGas electricity and water32168
XXIITransport and communication2,406339
XXIIIDistributive trades3,5563,306
XXIVInsurance, banking finance and business services668524
XXVProfessional and scientific services1,3292,258
XXVIMiscellaneous services3,5333,061
XXVIIPublic administration and defence3,2731,829
Unclassified by industry16,94814,641

Reduction in unemployment will depend on many factors, but amongst the most important will be the response of all concerned to our measures to restore the economy and secure economic growth.