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Manchester

Volume 979: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number and percentage of registered unemployed in the Manchester travel-to-work area, and the number of vacancies for the latest available month and for the same month of each preceding year back to and including 1970; and if he will break down the unemployment figures according to sex and, where possible, age, including those unemployed aged 18 years and under, and, if the figures are available, unemployed according to ethnic origin for those aged 21 years and under and 18 years and under.

[pursuant to his reply, 11 February 1980, c. 362]: Table 1 gives

TABLE 1
Unfilled vacancies
Registered unemployedAt employment officesAt careers offices
NumbersPercentage rates
MalesFemalesTotalMalesFemalesTotal
January 1970....16,474....2·35,8501,657
January 1971....18,218....2·64,7291,469
January 1972....29,894....4·32,7701,004
January 1973....27,657....4·13,6281,178
January 1974....19,271....2·75,7172,292
January 1975................
January 1976....37,249....5·31,895728
January 197733,3498,03341,3827·92·95·9..423
January 197834,6609,97944,6398·23·66·43,524339
January 197931,2309,32840,5587·43·35·75,050616
January 198031,03510,23441,2697·33·65·84,338672
The vacancy statistics relate only to those notified to employment offices and careers offices; vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third all vacancies in the country as a whole. Because of possible duplication the two series should not be added together.
The unemployment figures for January 1980 may be affected by the introduction, in September 1979, of fortnightly attendance and payment of benefit. Estimates are not available for individual local areas, but for the country as a whole, the figures are about 1½ per cent. higher than they would have been under weekly attendance.
TABLE 2
January 1979January 1980
MalesFemalesTotalMalesFemalesTotal
Aged under 181,7121,3103,0221,6061,3572,963
181,3328072,1391,0748841,958
191,3256661,9911,4138882,301
20–245,3932,3017,6945,7482,5888,336
25–294,0481,1125,1603,9521,2995,251
30–343,3236293,9523,1566593,815
35–444,5918865,4774,5898675,456
45–492,1494312,5801,9744922,466
50–542,1245362,6602,1445012,645
55–592,2516252,8762,3686613,029
60–642,870252,8952,917382,955
65 and over1121129494
Total, All Ages31,2309,32840,55831,03510,23441,269