Unemployment in Watford has fallen by 10 per cent since February, according to the latest figures issued by the town’s Employment Exchange in Water Lane.

“On May 8 there were 846 men and 116 women unemployed compared with last month’s totals of 880 men and 121 women,” said area manager Mr Vernon Chapman.

“The percentage rate of unemployment in the travel-to-work area, which includes Hemel Hempstead and Rickmansworth, has now fallen from 1.7 in April to 1.6.”

In the month ending May 3, the Watford Employment Exchange placed 225 men and 49 women in jobs – a 26 per cent increase on the previous month.

Mr Chapman added: “The number of vacancies notified to the Exchange has also risen and at present there are 344 jobs for men and 258 for women. Male vacancies are mainly in the engineering and construction trades and those for females in secretarial, retail and unskilled factory work.”

[From the Watford Observer of May 23, 1972]

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