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Construction Industry

Volume 21: debated on Monday 5 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest available estimate of the number of (a) skilled construction workers and (b) workers whose last job was in the building industry who are unemployed (i) in the London borough of Ealing and (ii) in the Greater London Council area.

The following table gives for October 1981 the numbers of unemployed people registered for employment in skilled construction occupations. It also gives for August 1981 the numbers of unemployed people who last worked in the construction industry. There will be a further industrial analysis of the unemployed in May 1982.Unemployment statistics are not available for London boroughs, and figures are given in the table for the area covered by the Acton, Ealing and Southall employment offices, which corresponds closely to the London borough of Ealing.

Number of skilled construction workers unemployed October 1981Number unemployed who last worked in the construction industry August 1981
Acton, Ealing and Southall employment office areas4061,099
Greater London15,39139,584

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a breakdown of the number of unemployed in the different trades in the building industry for (a) Wolverhampton and (b) the West Midlands; and if he will give the comparable figures for April 1979.

The following table gives for April 1979 and October 1981, the last date for which the information is available, the numbers of unemployed people registered at employment offices for employment in skilled contstruction occupations.

Wolverhampton employment office

West Midlands region

April 1979

October 1981

April 1979

October 1981

Carpenters and joiners23705721,549
Electricians41780537
Linesmen and cable jointers1917
Heating and ventilating engineering fitters125162
Plumber and pipe fitters121201881
Scaffolders (metal scaffolding)38100249
Other steel erectors and riggers and cable splicers722235550
Painters and decorators48968871,902
Bricklayers and stone setters23835202,031
Plasterers1026180609
Terrazzo workers and tile setters33673
Roofers62164456
Glaziers12739121
General builders417133343
Pipe layers and jointers71289199
Concreters22678
Earth movers and civil engineering equipment operators1013143389
Crane, hoist and other materials handling equipment operators228138334
Total1644253,57710,480