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Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the number of unemployed, and jobs vacant, on 1 February each year in Crawley, for the last 10 years, and the ratio of unemployed to employed in each of those years.

The following table gives the numbers registered as unemployed and the numbers of notified vacancies remaining unfilled in the area covered by the Crawley employment office. The vacancy statistics relate only

Number unemployed in the Crawley employment office areaUnemployment rate in the Crawley travel to work area Per cent.Unfilled vacancies
At employment officesAt careers offices
February 19712710·8ֵֵ
February 19724121·2395100
February 19732080·8774117
February 19741930·8985168
February 19754141·2ֵֵ
February 19767602·225831
February 19779852·531917
February 19781,0902·563655
February 19791,1852·5798129
February 19801,109*2·361086
The figures relate to the various count dates each February, not to the first day of the month.
* The February 1980 unemployment figure 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.