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Volume 264: debated on Wednesday 18 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many men are currently out of work in Wales: how many of these have been unemployed for more than (a) six months and (b) 12 months and what percentages these are of the total numbers out of work; and what were the equivalent figures in 1979. [37403]

The number of men on the claimant unemployment count, not seasonally adjusted, in Wales at August 1995 was 83,118. The latest figures by duration of unemployment are for July 1995, when 46,007 men on the claimant count in Wales had been unemployed for more than six months and 30,167 had been unemployed for more than 12 months, representing 55 per cent. and 36 per cent. respectively of all men on the claimant count. Equivalent figures for 1979 are not available.