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Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the latest unemployment rate of the Caernarfon, Pwllheli and Portmadog employment exchanges, respectively.

Unemployment rates are available only for travelto-work areas. On 10 January 1980, the rates for the Caernarfon travel-to-work area and the Pwllheli/Portmadog travel-to-work area were 8·8 per cent. and 12·1 per cent. respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many people have become unemployed in Wales since 3 May 1979; and if he will make a statement.

Between May 1979 and January 1980, the level of unemployment in Wales, seasonally adjusted and excluding school leavers, rose by 500 from 81,400 to 81,900.