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Manufacturing Industry (Jobs)

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many manufacturing jobs were (a) lost and (b) created in (i) Coventry, (ii) west midlands and (iii) nationally in each of the past 10 years.

Information about job gains and job losses is not available from the Department's statistics but an indication of net changes can be seen by comparing levels of employees in employment at different dates.The following tables give the available information. Table 1 gives, for the west midlands region and Great Britain in the years specified, the annual change in the estimated number of employees in employment in manufacturing industries, analysed according to the 1980 standard industrial classification (SIC).Information about employment for local areas is only available from the Department's censuses of employment. Table 2 gives, for the Coventry jobcentre area, the change between each census date since 1974 in the estimated number of employees in employment in manufacturing industries, analysed according to the 1968 SIC. Analyses according to the 1980 SIC are not available for local areas prior to 1981.

Table 1Employees in Manufacturing Industries (1980 SIC)
Change from previous year
June each yearWest MidlandsGreat Britain
1975−60,000−372,000
1976−43,000−234,000
1977+13,000+52,000
1978−3,000−36,000
1979−7,000−34,000
1980−52,000−309,000
1981−118,000−704,000
1982−58,000−312,000
1983−44,000−286,000
1984−9,000−87,000
TableEmployees in Employment in Manufacturing Industries (1968 SIC)
Census dateChange from previous census date Coventry jobcentre area
June 1975−5,500
June 1976−7,200
June 1977−1,100
June 1978−7,400
September 1981−30,200