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West Midlands

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will give the age and sex breakdown of the unemployment figures for (a) Wolverhampton and (b) the West Midlands at the last available date; and what are the comparable figures for the same period in 1979, 1980 and 1981;(2) how many

(a) men and (b) women in (i) Wolverhampton and (ii) the West Midlands have been unemployed for over a year; what percentage of the unemployed they represent in each case; and what are the comparable figures for 1979, 1980 and 1981;

(3) how many young people have been unemployed in (a) Wolverhampton and (b) the West Midlands for over a year; and what were the comparable figures for 1981, 1980 and 1979.

[pursuant to his replies, 8 November 1982, c. 76.]: The latest figures, which are for October, are not yet available. I shall write to the hon. Member.