Skip to main content

Unemployment Statistics

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list each travel-to-work area and give for each the percentage of unemployment in May 1979 and October 1981, respectively.

[pursuant to his reply, 19 November 1981]: The following is the information. The unemployment figures from which the rates have been calculated include school leavers and are not seasonally adjusted.

South East

May 1979

October 1981

Alton2·57·1
Andover2·69·3
Ashford (Kent)3·911·5
Aylesbury2·27·0
Banbury4·510·3
Basingstoke2·97·4
Buckingham2·27·3
Clacton-on-Sea8·418·0
Colchester4·410·1
Cranbrook4·58·2
Dover4·28·2
Harwich3·58·0
Lymington4·910·1
Margate9·115·8
Milton Keynes5·914·3
Newbury3·68·7
Sheerness8·117·7
Stevenage3·410·8
Aldershot*2·47·1
Bedford*3·18·9
Braintree*3·410·1
Brighton*5·711·0
Canterbury*4·811·1
Chatham*5·614·3
Chelmsford*2·97·2
Chichester*3·88·3
Crawley*2·06·1
Eastbourne*3·77·3
Greater London*3·58·9
Guildford*2·16·7
Harlow*3·010·0
Hastings*5·813·0
Hertford*1·86·0
High Wycombe*1·96·5
Hitchin*2·69·2
Luton*4·011·7
Maidstone*2·97·5
Newport (IOW)*5·212·1
Oxford*3·88·6
Portsmouth*4·911·5
Ramsgate*7·112·8
Reading*2·58·0
Slough*1·96·9
Southampton*3·691
Southend-on-Sea*5·613·5
St Albans*1·85·6
Tunbridge Wells*2·67·1
Watford*2·37·4
Worthing*3·68·6
Folkestone*5·912·6
Sittingbourne*5·311·9

East Anglia

May 1979

October 1981

Bury St Edmunds3·26·7
Cambridge2·45·9
Cromer8·213·3
Dereham8·413·4
Diss4·311·1
Dowham Market6·810·5
Ely4·67·3
Fakenham7·212·5
Great Yarmouth7·212·5
Halesworth6·68·9
Haverhill3·110·3
Hunstanton10·518·5
Huntingdon3·710·3
Kings Lynn6·412·4
Leiston5·411·9
Lowestoft5·712·8
March5·111·0
North Walsham4·6109
Peterborough5·010·9

May 1979

October1981

St Neots3·28·2
Sudbury3·810·2
Wisbech7·413·8
Ipswich*3·68·3
Norwich*4·19·8
Beccles*4·18·4
Newmarket*3·79·5
Thetford*4·512·0

South West

May 1979

October 1981

Barnstaple5·610·2
Bath5·28·9
Bideford7·812·0
Blandford4·18·8
Bodmin6·79·6
Bridport6·511·5
Bude9·815·2
Camelford11·514·6
Chard4·09·3
Cirencester3·59·3
Dartmouth10·812·8
Devizes3·28·2
Dorchester2·64·9
Dursley3·38·7
Falmouth11·420·0
Frome5·112·7
Gloucester4·19·7
Helston15·922·1
Honiton6·810·7
Ilfracombe11·919·4
Kingsbridge9·913·6
Launceston7·313·6
Midsomer Norton4·812·7
Minehead4·38·4
Newquay9·215·4
Okehampton6·09·7
Penzance10·915·7
Shaftesbury5·710·7
St Austell6·512·0
St Ives12·517·9
Swindon5·410·6
Taunton3·88·3
Tiverton6·412·1
Turo7·511·0
Wadebridge9·714·6
Warminster4·18·3
Weston-Super-Mare7·514·2
Weymouth6·312·3
Bristol*5·310·7
Cheltenham*3·77·3
Chippenham*4·28·2
Exeter*5·09·2
Plymouth*7·915·3
Salisbury*4·18·6
Torbay*7·713·9
Trowbridge*3·49·1
Yeovil*3·87·3
Axminster7·813·3
Bournemouth*4·510·7
Bridgwater5·710·7
Cinderford*3·911·2
Liskeard*7·715·8
Redruth*10·517·6
Stroud*4·110·1
Swanage*3·28·8
Wells*2·87·4

West Midlands

May 1979

October 1981

Burton-on-Trent3·510·2
Evesham2·86·8
Hereford5·210·0

May 1979

October 1981

Leamington3·89·9
Ledbury5·68·2
Leek4·09·0
Leominster6·712·2
Ludlow6·313·3
Market Drayton7·017·8
Oswestry5·411·6
Redditch4·614·7
Ross-on-Wye5·813·0
Rugby4·812·2
Shrewsbury3·710·4
Stratford-on-Avon2·79·0
Uttoxeter3·49·8
Whitchurch4·312·1
Birmingham*5·716·6
Coventry*6·316·3
Dudley/Sandwell*3·915·3
Kidderminster*5·014·4
Oakengates*7·819·5
Stafford*3·08·0
Stoke-on-Trent*4·113·4
Walsall*5·117·1
Wolverhampton *5·617·0
Worcester*4·311·5

East Midlands

May 1979

October 1981

Alfreton4·714·1
Boston6·510·8
Corby6·520·8
Gainsborough7·413·8
Grantham5·010·0
Hinkley3·211·1
Holbeach5·210·2
Horncastle6·29·3
Kettering3·512·3
Lincoln6·212·6
Loughborough2·98·1
Louth4·99·6
Mablethorpe12·720·5
Mansfield5·813·0
Market Harborough2·48·5
Melton Mowbray4·411·2
Newark4·39·9
Retford4·29·8
Rushden1·78·9
Skegness10·416·1
Sleaford6·010·9
Spalding5·28·7
Wellingborough3·913·1
Worksop5·211·4
Chesterfield*5·012·8
Coalville*3·38·4
Derby*3·48·6
Leicester*4·711·2
Northampton*3·09·6
Nottingham*4·811·5
Sutton-in-Ashfield*3·88·6
Buxton*2·58·8
Matlock*2·37·4
Stamford*4·710·3

Yorkshire and Humberside

May 1979

October 1981

Bridlington9·217·2
Driffield1·95·2
Filey4·09·0
Goole6·515·4
Grimsby6·012·7
Harrogate3·57·9
Huddersfield3·812·4
Keighley4·513·0
Maltby7·917·8

May 1979

October 1981

Malton4·06·9
Northallerton3·710·1
Pickering4·56·7
Richmond6·712·9
Ripon3·88·8
Rotherham7·117·2
Scarborough6·312·8
Selby3·710·2
Skipton2·17·0
Thirsk3·97·8
Todmorden4·112·7
Whitby10·420·7
York4·07·5
Barnsley*6·414·9
Bradford*6·214·8
Castleford*5·812·5
Dewsbury*4·613·8
Doncaster*7·216·3
Halifax*3·611·8
Hull*7·915·2
Leeds*4·711·6
Mexborough*9·521·0
Scunthorpe*5·318·1
Sheffield*4·513·0
Wakefield*4·911·2

North West

May 1979

October 1981

Barnoldswick2·79·7
Chester5·512·7
Clitheroe1·74·8
Macclesfield3·79·0
Southport7·516·0
St. Helens7·816·7
Accrington*4·014·0
Ashton-Under-Lyne*4·113·7
Birkenhead*10·119·3
Blackburn*6·014·2
Blackpool*6·411·3
Bolton*5·615·5
Burnley*4·111·6
Bury*4·113·4
Crewe*3·410·3
Lancaster*6·512·2
Leigh*5·715·9
Liverpool*11·818·8
Manchester*5·212·9
Nelson*4·213·6
Northwich*4·315·9
Oldham*3·715·3
Preston*4·712·0
Rochdale*5·417·1
Warrington*5·014·3
Widnes*9·918·1
Wigan*8·717·7
Ormskirk*10·821·8
Rossendale*4·517·0

North

May 1979

October 1981

Barnard Castle6·29·7
Berwick-on-Tweed4·410·5
Carlisle5·010·3
Haltwhistle4·912·6
Hartlepool11·819·8
Hexham4·08·6
Keswick4·09·0
Penrith3·88·3
Alnwick*7·413·7
Central Durham*6·313·6
Consett*10·525·8
Darlington and South West Durham*6·113·9

May 1979

October 1981

Furness*5·210·4
Morpeth*7·915·4
North Tyne*7·013·0
Peterlee*9·916·9
South Tyne*10·217·8
Teeside*8·518·9
Wearside*11·119·1
Whitehaven*7·113·4
Workington*7·118·3
Kendal*2·66·8

Wales

May 1979

October 1981

Aberdare9·017·2
Aberystwyth5·712·1
Barmouth3·910·9
Blaenau Ffestiniog9·215·8
Brecon4·89·0
Cardigan13·520·3
Carmarthen3·66·7
Denbigh5·79·8
Fishguard10·114·5
Llandeilo7·014·2
Llandrindod Wells5·611·3
Llangollen7·413·1
Llanrwst6·312·5
Machynlleth5·911·5
Monmouth8·715·2
Newtown4·311·1
Pembroke Dock8·919·3
Rhyl11·719·1
Tenby9·921·3
Tywyn9·716·1
Welshpool4·811·2
Bargoed*11·220·7
Cardiff*7·314·0
Ebbw Vale*11·520·8
Llanelli*6·818·4
Neath*8·116·1
Newport*6·715·0
Pontypool*7·215·7
Pontypridd*8·015·7
Port Talbot*6·515·5
Shotton*6·517·7
Swansea*7·515·7
Wrexham*11·219·6
Caernarvon*8·517·5
Holyhead*12·621·2
Lampeter*13·222·3
Llandudno*6·811·7
Merthyr Tydfil*6·814·6
Milford Haven*7·714·5
Pwllheli*7·616·1

Scotland

May 1979

October 1981

Anstruther8·013·5
Arbroath9·618·0
Banff5·88·6
Blairgowrie7·514·7
Buckie6·513·5
Cambeltown11·216·6
Castle Douglas8·012·8
Cumnock9·918·1
Cupar5·910·0
Dundee8·416·1
Dunoon4·511·1
Elgin6·010·7
Eyemouth7·811·8
Forfar4·512·0
Forres10·920·3
Fort William6·513·6
Fraserburgh6·010·0

May 1979

October 1981

Galashiels3·07·3
Girvan10·817·4
Haddington5·29·1
Hawick3·68·5
Huntly4·98·2
Inverness7·19·3
Kelso3·47·1
Kirkwall5·810·3
Lerwick2·74·6
Lochgilphead7·59·7
Montrose5·19·5
Nairn6·515·9
Newton Stewart12·518·8
Oban7·111·2
Peebles2·25·8
Peterhead5·99·1
Portree18·819·3
Rothesay14·121·6
Sanquhar14·920·9
St. Andrews5·28·8
Stornoway13·120·2
Stranraer10·215·1
Thurso9·511·4
Wick10·013·8
Aberdeen*3·66·8
Ayr*8·714·9
Bathgate*8·619·2
Dumbarton*10·317·9
Dumfries*6·012·2
Dunfermline*6·913·0
Edinburgh*5·510·8
Falkirk*6·214·2
Glasgow*8·216·0
Greenock*9·716·9
Irvine*12·123·0
Kirkcaldy*6·913·9
North Lanarkshire*10·620·5
Paisley*7·117·6
Perth*4·88·4
Stirling*6·213·8
Dingwall*9·414·4
Lanark*10·718·1

* Travel-to-work area comprising two or more employment office areas.