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Unemployed Persons (Wolverhampton)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the percentage of male and female unemployment, respectively, in (a) the Wolverhampton area and (b) the West Midlands in October 1974, October 1979, October 1980 and October 1981.

[pursuant to his reply, 18 November 1981]: The following is the available information for the Wolverhampton travel-to-work area and the West Midlands region. Because of industrial action in some employment offices in October 1974 figures are not available for that date.

Wolverhampton travel-to-work areaWest Midlands Region
MaleFemaleMaleFemale
October 19797·66·26·24·6
October 198012·49·310·87·7
October 198119·912·317·811·0

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give a breakdown of the number out of work in (a) the Wolverhampton area and (b) the West Midlands at the latest convenient date by percentage (i) unemployed for up to one year, (ii) unemployed for more than one year but less than two, (iii) unemployed for over two years but less than three and (iv) unemployed for over three years.

[pursuant to his reply, 18 November 1981]: The following is the information at 8 October for the Wolverhampton employment office area and the West Midlands region.

Percentage of total unemployed
Duration in weeksWolverhampton employment office areaWest Midlands Region
Up to 52 weeks70·271·6
Over 52 and up to 104 weeks20·119·9
Over 104 and up to 156 weeks4·74·1
Over 156 weeks4·94·5