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Unemployment Statistics (Penistone)

Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the percentage figure of unemployment in each area of the Penistone constituency for each year since 1978 and the latest percentage figure produced by the new counting method.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 December 1982, c. 254]: Percentage rates of unemployment are calculated only for complete travel-to-work areas. The Chapeltown and Hoyland jobcentre areas which, together, correspond closely to the Penistone parliamentary constituency, are constituent parts of the Sheffield and Barnsley travel-to-work areas, respectively. The following table gives, for the travel-to-work areas, the percentage rates for registered unemployed (old basis) at November each year from 1978 to 1981 and the percentage rate at November 1982 for unemployed claimants (new basis).

November each yearSheffield travel-to-work area*Per cent.Barnsley travel-to-work areaPer cent.
19784·56·8
19794·86·5
19808·310·6
198112·614·4
198213·515·6

Notes:

* Sheffield, Chapeltown, Dinnington, Firth Park and Woodhouse jobcentre areas.

Barnsley, Hoyland and Wombwell jobcentre areas.

Figures for October, 1982 on both the old and the new basis are shown below; but it cannot be assumed that the differences from the two methods would be of the same proportions in other months.

Sheffield Per cent.

Barnsley Per cent.

Old basis (registrants)14·515·3
New basis (claimants)13·315·6

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each area in the Penistone constituency the number of unemployed for each year since 1978 and the latest figure produced by the new counting method.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 December 1982, c. 254]: The following table gives, at November each year from 1978 to 1981, the numbers of people registered as unemployed (old basis) in the Chapeltown and Hoyland jobcentre areas which, together, correspond closely to the Penistone parliamentary constituency. It also gives the numbers of unemployed claimants (new basis) in the areas at November 1982.

November each yearChapeltown jobcentre areaHoyland jobcentre area
1978507501
1979542492
1980954679
19811,681993
19822,0051,131
Figures for October 1982 on both the old and the new basis are shown below; but it cannot be assumed that the differences from the two methods would be of the same proportions in other months.

ChapeltownHoyland
Old basis (registrants)2,0611,114
New basis (claimants)1,9251,102