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Labour Statistics

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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Smith asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the rise in the rate of unemployment in the Wealden constituency in the last 18 months; and what is the level of unfilled vacancies.

The following information is available in the Library. On 14 February 1985 the total number of unemployed claimants in the Wealden constituency was 2,089. The corresponding figure for August 1983 was 1,749: there wasan increase of 340, which may partly reflect seasonal factors. Unemployment rates are not available for parliamentary constituencies; the smallest areas for which rates are calculated are travel-to-work areas. Vacancy figures are not available for parliamentary constituencies; but vacancy data for jobcentre areas are in the Library.

the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list, for the latest available date, the numbers of under 20-year-olds unemployed for (a) less than one year, (b) one year and (c) more than two years plus, by region.

The following information is in the Library. The figures relate to unemployed claimants on 10 January 1985, the latest date for which an analysis of unemployment by age is available.

Numbers unemployed aged under 20 years
RegionUp to one yearOver one yearOver two year
South East101,30620,4935,043
East Anglia11,8442,399646
South West29,7265,1511,105
West Midlands46,34014,6143,913
East Midlands28,0676,3591,483
Yorkshire and Humberside44,69212,5583,216
North West61,45118,7794,634
North32,29410,8382,662
Wales26,3737,4051,835
Scotland55,11416,4924,565
Northern Ireland13,9975,3921,508

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will state for Silloth ward (a) the total work force, (b) the number of unemployed, (c) the number in employment in Silloth and those who live in Silloth ward and (d) the number in employment in the Silloth area but who travel in from Marsh ward, Waver ward, Wampool ward, Wigton ward, Tarns ward, Aspatria ward and any other wards.

The information in the following table is taken from the 10 per cent. sample of the 1981 census of population.

Number
Economically active residents of Silloth of whom:1,300
out of employment140
in employment1,160
Persons working in Silloth of whom living in:670
Silloth440
Marsh0
Waver80
Wampool20
Wigton10
Tarns30
Aspatria10
Elsewhere80
The number of persons working in Silloth may be to some extent understated as not all respondents described their workplace in sufficient detail for it to be allocated to a ward.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will state for Waver ward (a) the total work force, (b) the number of unemployed, (c) the number in employment in Waver ward and who live in Waver ward and (d) the number in employment in Waver ward but who travel in from Marsh ward, Silloth ward, Wampool ward, Wigton ward, Tarns ward, Aspatria ward and any other wards.

The information in the following table is taken from the 10 per cent. sample of the 1981 census of population.

Number
Economically active residents of Waver of whom:890
out of employment50
in employment840
Persons working in Waver of whom living in:900
Waver340
Marsh20
Silloth250
Wampool0
Wigton80
Tarns50
Aspatria0
Elsewhere160
The numbers of persons working in Waver may be to some extent understated as not all respondents described their workplace in sufficient detail for it to be allocated to a ward.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what was the total number of people employed in mineral oil refining in Great Britain (SIC 1980: Heading 1401) for each year since 1970;(2) what was the total number of people employed in "Other Treatment of Petroleum Products" in Great Britain (SIC 1980: Heading 1402) for each year since 1970;(3) what industries are covered by the new heading 140 (1980 SIC) not previously covered by MLH 262 and 263 (1968 SIC); and what has been the total number of people employed in them in Great Britain for each year since 1970.

The following table gives, for June each year since 1971 (1970 is not available), the estimated number of employees in employment in minimum list headings 262 and 263 of the 1968 standard industrial classification, and group 140 of the 1980 SIC. Information for activity headings 1401 and 1402 is only available from the September 1981 Census of Employment which showed there were an estimated 23,400 employees in employment in activity heading 1401 and 6,500 in activity heading 1402. Estimates of employees in employment since 1981 have been analysed according to the 1980 SIC only.The industries covered by minimum list headings 262 and 263 correspond exactly to those covered by activity headings 1401 and 1402, respectively. Any slight discrepancies in the two series are caused by the rounding of figures on the old classification.

Employees in employment—Great Britain
1968 SIC1980 SIC
June each yearMinimum list heading 262Minimum list heading 263Total (262 + 263)Group 140
197122,6008,10030,70030,700
197221,8007,70029,50029,600
197320,9007,80028,70028,700
197420,3007,50027,80027,800
197520,0007,20027,20027,200
197619,3007,10026,40026,400

1968 SIC

1980 SIC

June each year

Minimum list heading 262

Minimum list heading 263

Total (262 + 263)Group 140
197718,9007,10026,00026,100
197822,3007,00029,30029,300
197922,6007,00029,60029,600
198022,8006,90029,70029,700
198123,3006,50029,70029,700
198226,500
198324,200
198423,000