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Kirsti Bohata, Alexandra Jones, Mike Mantin, and Steven Thompson

unemployment as greater attention was paid to the social characteristics of the unemployed and to the factors that led to joblessness in the first place. One survey carried out in Merthyr Tydfil in 1929, for example, found that 60 per cent of the unemployed men in the town were over the age of forty and noted that a large proportion of them were ‘physically unfit’.164 This seems to have been a particular problem in south Wales, relative to other coalfields. The social survey on unemployment conducted on behalf of the Pilgrim Trust in the 1930s, for example, found that a high

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