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Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest estimate of the number of unemployed in the Hull travel-to-work area; and what is the estimate of the number of unfilled vacancies, skilled and unskilled, for males and females in the same area.

At November 1974, 7,704 people were unemployed in the Hull travel-to-work area. In the same month 1,292 unfilled vacancies were held at employment offices and 270 at careers offices. It should be noted that vacancy statistics relate only to vacancies notified to employment offices or careers offices and are not a measure of total vacancies. A detailed analysis of the vacancy figures for November is not available but an occupational analysis of the September data relating to employment offices is given in the following table.Owing to industrial action at local offices of the Employment Service Agency, totals of the unemployed and notified vacancies for dates later than November 1974, and the normal occupational analysis for December 1974, are not available.

The following estimates of average gross weekly earnings are taken from the New Earnings Surveys in Great Britain and in Northern Ireland. They relate to April 1974 and to full-time employees whose pay for the survey reference period was not affected by absence.

Managerial (general management)4
Professional and related supporting management and administration99
Professional and related in education, welfare and health926
Literary, artistic and sports4
Professional and related in science, engineering, technology and similar fields951
Managerial (excluding general management)756
Clerical and related75192
Security and protective service4
Catering, cleaning, hairdressing and other personal service46219
Farming, fishing and related76
Materials processing (excluding metal) (hides, textiles, chemicals, food, drink and tobacco, wood, paper and board, rubber and plastics)2712
Making and repairing (excluding metal and electrical) (glass, ceramics, printing, paper products, clothing, footwear, woodworking, rubber and plastics)2131
Processing making, repairing and related (metal and electrical) (iron, steel and other metals, engineering (including installation and maintenance), vehicles and shipbuilding)130
Painting, repetitive assembling, product inspecting, packaging and related2022
Construction, mining and related not identified elsewhere22
Transport operating, materials moving and storing and related351
The figures do no include vacancies held at Careers Offices.