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Volume 22: debated on Monday 19 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the most recent numbers of registered unemployed women in England by regions; what were the figures for the same date in 1979; and what are the respective increases in percentage terms.

The following table gives the numbers of females registered as unemployed in each region in England at March 1979 and March 1982 and the percentage increases between the two dates.

March 1979 NumberMarch 1982 NumberPercentage increase
South East73,501183,695149·9
East Anglia9,15520,309121·8
South West29,30954,21285·0
West Midlands35,48494,294165·7
East Midlands20,07746,842133·3
Yorkshire and Humberside33,95174,816120·4
North West57,742122,256111·7