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East Midlands

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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17.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what level of unemployment he expects in the East Midlands by the end of the current year.

Future levels of unemployment are very difficult to forecast, but it is widely expected that unemployment generally will rise in the coming months. I would hope that unemployment in the East Midlands will continue to remain well below the national average. Improvements in the overall employment position will depend on the ability of industry to increase its productivity and competitiveness.