asked the Secretary of State for Wales what were the unemployment figures for April and May, in 1979 and 1983, and at the most recent available date for the Port Talbot and Neath travel-to-work areas.
In March 1987 there were 6,664 persons unemployed in the Neath and Port Talbot travelto-work area. This is equivalent to an unemployment rate of 13·1 per cent. The earliest data available for this travel-to-work area for a corresponding month for March 1984, when the figures were 8,241 and 16·3 per cent. respectively. These figures are not directly comparable because of a change in the method of compiling the statistics in March 1986.