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Volume 24: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the percentage unemployment rate in the construction industry in Manchester; and how many craftsmen in each of the respective trades are unemployed.

At August 1981, the latest date for which an industrial analysis is available, the rate of unemployment in the construction industry in the Manchester travel-to-work area was 29ยท4 per cent. A further industrial analysis of the unemployed was made on 13 May 1982 and the results will be available in early June.The following table gives for October 1981, the last date for which an analysis was made, the numbers of unemployed people registered at employment offices in the Manchester travel-to-work area for employment in skilled construction occupations.

Carpenters and Joiners601
Linesmen and cable jointers4
Heating and ventilating engineering fitters40
Plumbers and pipe fitters421
Scaffolders (metal scaffolding)125
Other steel erectors and riggers and cable splicers144
Painters and decorators674
Bricklayers and stone setters536
Terrazzo workers and tile setters24
General builders49
Pipe layers and jointers76
Earth movers and civil engineering equipment operators110
Crane, hoist and other materials handling equipment operators116