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Volume 26: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons under 25 years of age were registered as unemployed in (a) the Manchester travel-to-work area and (b) the Manchester city employment office area at June 1979, June 1980, June 1981 and the latest date for which figures are available; what was the percentage change between each date; and what proportion these totals formed of the total numbers registered as unemployed in these areas.

The numbers registered as unemployed are analysed by age in January, April, July and October. The following table gives the information at July in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and at April 1982.

Unemployed aged under 25 years.
NumberPercentage changeAs a percentage of total unemployed
Manchester travel-to-work area
July 197918,63344·8
+45·3
July 198027,08247·8
+37·2
July 198137,16942·3
-4·1
April 198235,66137·9
Manchester employment office area
July 19791,82135·8
+41·4
July 19802,57439·6
+49·1
July 19813,83738·3
-5·0
April 19823,64436·2

Note: The figures include summer school leavers not present in the April figures.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the unemployment and vacancy figures in (a) the Manchester travel-to-work area and (b) the Manchester city employment office area at October 1978, October 1981, and the latest date for which figures are available.

Manchester travel-to-work areaManchester employment office area
Number registered as unemployedNumber of vacancies remaining unfilledNumber registered as unemployedNumber of vacancies remaining unfilled
At employment officesAt careers officesAt employment officesAt careers offices
October 197842,1965,3556135,9791,769225
October 198192,2032,482649,80770816
June 1982*95,9822,4371079,75464224
*Provisional.
The vacancy statistics relate only to vacancies notified to employment offices and careers offices; vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. Because of possible duplication the figures for employment offices and careers offices should not be added together. The number of vacancies unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn which would reflect activity more closely. For example, during the twelve month period to March 1982, 194,822 people were placed in jobs by employment offices in the North-West region. It is estimated that the public employment service accounts for about one in four of all placings.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many employees there were in employment in service industries in (a) the Manchester travel-to-work area and (b) the Manchester city employment office area in 1972, 1977 and at the latest available date;(2) how many employees there were in employment in service industries in

(a) the Manchester travel-to-work area and (b) the Manchester city employment office area in 1972, 1977 and at the latest available date, together with the percentage changes between each date.

The most recent figures are from the June 1978 census of employment. Censuses were not taken in 1979 and 1980 and the results of the September 1981 census are not yet available.The information requested is as follows:

Employees in employment in service industries (Orders XXII to XXVII of the 1968 Standard Industrial Classification)
June 1972June 1977June 1978
(000s)
Manchester travel-to-work area384·5410·7414·9
Manchester employment office area174·0177·0173·9
Percentage changes
1972–771977–78
Per cent.Per cent.
Manchester travel-to-work area+6·8+1·0
Manchester employment office area+1·7-1·7
Because of changes in the methods used to allocate employees to employment office areas in 1977 and again

The following is the information.in 1978 the figures for the years specified are not strictly comparable and no significance should be attached to small differences.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the percentage unemployment rate for the Manchester travel-to-work area at the latest date and at the same date one, two, three and four years previously.

The following is the information:

Manchester travel-to-work area
June each yearPercentage rate of unemployment
19786·2
19795·4
19806·9
198111·6
198213·4