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Labour Statistics

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Paymaster General how many people have been made redundant so far in 1985 (a) on Merseyside, (b) in Knowsley and (c) in Kirkby.

The available information is given in the following table.

Redundancies confirmed as due to occur * from January to September† 1985
Number
Merseyside Metropolitan County‡7,038
Knowsley Local Authority Area‡687
Kirkby Jobcentre Area62
* Confirmed by the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur and based on notification of impending redundancies involving 10 or more workers.
‡ Includes provisional figures for August and September.
‡ Groupings of Jobcentre areas approximating to the area.

asked the Paymaster General when he expects all those in Knowsley who want full-time employment to be able to work.

The Government's policies are helping to create the economic and industrial conditions in which enterprise can flourish. How long it will take to achieve significant reductions in unemployment in the Liverpool area, including Knowsley, depends on the success the area has in attracting new investment and on the efforts of local industry to improve its competitiveness.

asked the Paymaster General what is the number of (a) men, (b) women and (c) young people who have been unemployed for more than a year, two years, three years and four years (i) on Merseyside, (ii) in Knowsley and (iii) in Kirkby.

The following information is in the Library. The table shows the requested information in respect of unemployed claimants as at 10 October 1985. Unemployment statistics are no longer produced for jobcentre areas, and figures are given for the Knowsley, North parliamentary constituency which closely corresponds to the Kirkby jobcentre area.

Duration of Unemployment
Over one yearOver two yearsOver three yearsOver four years
Merseyside
Male56,99040,17428,95620,042
Female15,1648,7175,2563,057
Aged under 18 years951000
Borough of Knowsley
Male8,8296,5304,9633,586
Female2,1601,286795473
Aged under 18 years151000
Knowsley North parliamentary constituency
Male4,6033,4842,7082,015
Female1,002646393225
Aged under 18 years69000

asked the Paymaster General what is the number of vacancies (a) on Merseyside, (b) in Knowsley and (c) in Kirkby.

The following information is in the Library. The table gives the numbers of unfilled vacancies at jobcentres and careers offices in the requested areas as at 4 October 1984. Figures for vacancies at jobcentres and careers offices cannot be added together because some vacancies are notified to both offices.

Unfilled vacancies
JobcentresCareers offices
Merseyside Metropolitan County2,99461
Borough of Knowsley1900
Kirkby jobcentre area720

asked the Paymaster General what is the number unemployed and the job vacancies in each occupation (a) on Merseyside, (b) in Knowsley and (c) in Kirkby.

The following information is in the Library. Table 1 shows the numbers of unemployed claimants at 10 October 1985 in the metropolitan county of Merseyside, the borough of Knowsley, and the parliamentary constituency of Knowsley, North, which corresponds to the Kirkby jobcentre area.Table 2 shows the numbers of unfilled vacancies in the main occupation groups at 6 September 1985 in the jobcentres, which cover areas closely corresponding to the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the borough of Knowsley, together with the figures for the Kirkby jobcentre area. More detailed occupational analyses of vacancies in these areas are available in the Library.

TABLE 1 Unemployment in Merseyside

Unemployed Claimants at October 1985

Merseyside Metropolitan County140,164
Borough of Knowsley20,222
Knowsley North Parliamentary Constituency9,826

TABLE 2 Unfilled Vacancies in Merseyside

September 1985

Merseyside Metropolitan County

Managerial and Professional374
Clerical and related613
Other non-manual occupations532
Craft and similar occupations323
General labourers54
Other manual occupations1,202

Knowsley borough council

Managerial and Professional34
Clerical and related49
Other non-manual occupations34
Craft and similar occupations28
General labourers1
Other manual occupations63

Kirkby Jobcentre

Managerial and Professional14
Clerical and related15
Other non-manual occupations8
Craft and similar occupations9
General labourers1
Other manual occupations27

asked the Paymaster General how many jobs have been lost since 1979 (a) on Merseyside, (b) in Knowsley and (c) in Kirkby.

Information about job gains and job losses is not available from the Department's statistics. Net changes in employment can be given, but, for areas smaller than regions, only for those dates when censuses of employment are taken. The latest available information is from the June 1978 and the next census of employment taken in September 1981 and is as follows:

Employees in Employment
June 1978September 1981(Thousands) Net change 1978 to 1981
Merseyside615·9555·4-60·5
Knowsley54·946·1-8·8
Kirkby26·120·9-5·2

asked the Paymaster General what is the number of persons (a) on Merseyside, (b) in Knowsley and (c) in Kirkby on each of the temporary employment or training schemes.

Some 26,000 in Merseyside and some 6,000 in Knowsley at the end of September. The estimates for the individual measures are set out in the table.

Merseyside

Knowsley

Kirkby

Youth Training Scheme12,8421,669

*N/A

Community Programme6,0102,768

*N/A

Community Industry72813296
Enterprise
Allowance
Scheme1,852N/A

*N/A

Young Workers Scheme3,1859520
Job Splitting Scheme411Nil
Job Release Schemes1,08482339
25,7425,488

* Figures for Kirkby are not available separately.

asked the Paymaster General by what proportion unemployment has risen since May 1979 in the United Kingdom, in the county of South Yorkshire and in the Rotherham metropolitan district.

The following information is in the Library. Between May 1979 and October 1985, unemployment, excluding school leavers, rose by 168 per cent. in the United Kingdom. In calculating this proportion, account has been taken of changes in the coverage of the count over the period and of seasonal influences.It is difficult, for areas smaller than regions, to make a comparison with May 1979, because of the change in the basis of the count in October 1982, the 1983 budget provisions which mean that some men, mainly aged 60 or over, no longer need to sign on at unemployment benefit offices to receive benefit, and the change to a ward-based system for allocating claimants to localities. Statistics of unemployment for local authority districts are derived from the new ward-based system and are available only from June 1983.

asked the Paymaster General if he will list the number of jobs created, by each standard region, in the categories of (a) employees, full-time, (b) employees, part-time, and (c) self-employed from December 1982 to the most recent date for which figures are available.

Information about job gains and job losses is not available from the Department's statistics, but an indication of the net changes can be seen by comparing levels of employment at different dates.The following table gives the comparisons between levels of employment at December 1982 and June 1985, the latest date for which figures are available, for the areas specified. Estimates of part-time employees in employment at these dates are available only for females. The estimates of the self-employed after June 1984 are provisional.

Net changes in levels of employment between December 1982 and June 1985
Employees in employmentSelf-employed
Males and full-time femalesPart-time females
South East6,000147,000173,000

Employees in employment

Self-employed

Males and full-time females

Part-time females

Greater London (included in South East)52,00034,000

*

East Anglia18,00017,00024,000
South West-6,00062,00027,000
West Midlands-30,00024,00034,000
East Midlands-26,00026,00012,000
Yorkshire and Humberside-64,00027,00041,000
North West-65,00064,00047,000
North-58,00019,0009,000
Scotland-41,00055,00024,000
Wales-18,00019,00034,000

* Not available.

asked the Paymaster General if he will publish a table showing, for each standard region, the number of jobs lost from June 1979 to the most recent date for which figures are available in the categories (a) manufacturing industries and (b) all industries and services.

Information about job gains and job losses is not available from the Department's statistics, but an indication of the net changes can be seen by comparing levels of employment at different dates.The following table gives the changes in numbers of employees in employment between June 1979 and June 1985, the lates date for which figures are available, for the categories specified.

Net changes in employees in employment between June 1979 and June 1985
Manufactuing industriesAll industries and services
South East-337,000-217,000
East Anglia-29,000+3,000
South West-71,000-57,000
West Midlands-289,000-314,000
East Midlands-116,000-136,000
Yorkshire and Humberside-199,000-262,000
North West-295,000-306,000
North-125,000-219,000
Scotland-171,000-167,000
Wales-110,000-132,000