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Volume 893: debated on Wednesday 11 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what were the numbers of people employed in manufacturing, in its broadest definition, in 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1974; what estimates he has made for 1980 and 1990; and what proportion these figures represent of the total working population.

I have been asked to reply.The numbers employed in the manufacturing industries in Great Britain, and the percentages these estimates represent of the total working population, are available on a comparable basis for the years 1960, 1970 and 1974. Estimates refer to mid-year.

YearNumbers employed (thousands)Previous column expressed as a percentage of the total working population
No forecasts are available for 1980 or 1990. Projections by a group of research workers for 1981, published in the Department of Employment

Gazette for May of this year, suggest that, on certain assumptions, including an unemployment rate of 2 per cent. for 1981, the numbers employed in manufacturing industries might be around 7,650,000, which represents some 29½ per cent. of

the total working population expected in 1981.