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Job Vacancies

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many job vacancies there were in the Merseyside special development area and the Liverpool travel-to-work area at the latest available date.

At 4 December 1982 there were 2,240 vacancies remaining unfilled at jobcentres and eight vacancies remaining unfilled at careers offices in the Merseyside special development area. The corresponding figures for the Liverpool travel-to-work area were 1,662 and five, respectively.The vacancy statistics relate only to those notified to jobcentres and careers offices; vacancies notified are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. 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number of vacancies unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn which would reflect activity more closely.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 12-month period to September 1982, 38,654 people were placed in jobs by jobcentres in the Merseyside special development area. It is estimated that the public employment service accounts for about one in four of all placings.