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Labour Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish tables showing the number of notified vacancies per registered unemployed person in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) the United Kingdom and(e) each of the English regions for June 1979, June 1980, June 1981, June 1982, June 1983, June 1984, June 1985, June 1986, June 1987 and November 1987.

Following is the available information. The table shows the number of unfilled vacancies at jobcentres, and the number of unemployed claimants, in each of the requested areas, for June of each year since 1980. Vacancy figures for June 1979 are not available on a comparable basis, while figures for November 1987, will not be available until 17 December 1987. All the figures are seasonally adjusted, and the unemployment figures allow for changes in coverage.It is not valid to compare ratios of notified vacancies to unemployment, since roughly only about a third of vacancies in the economy are reported to jobcentres, and this proportion will tend to vary over time and between regions.

Unemployed claimants, seasonally adjusted
June 1980June 1981June 1982June 1983June 1984June 1985June 1986June 1987
South East260,700491,000593,100669,600707,300746,400780,100682,100
East Anglia31,40055,80064,40072,10073,20078,20082,30073,000
South West85,300137,900156,100173,900182,800195,500203,600179,300
West Midlands135,000264,900302,200332,000327,900333,700337,300302,400
East Midlands78,500139,700155,200176,200184,100193,600197,400182,900
Yorkshire and Humberside123,800213,300240,800266,100273,300287,100305,100282,100
North West203,500324,300373,800409,700418,700430,400438,600399,500
North117,200170,400189,800209,100218,700224,700226,400210,400
Wales84,200132,400146,800158,700162,700172,200175,000154,100
Scotland177,700256,400283,800308,200317,600332,700340,900333,800
England1,035,4001,797,0002,075,7002,309,0002,386,0002,489,8002,570,8002,311,700
United Kingdom1,359,1002,275,4002,605,8002,884,2002,978,6003,109,3003,212,5002,925,200
Unfilled vacancies, seasonally adjusted
June 1980June 1981June 1982June 1983June 1984June 1985June 1986June 1987
South East62,10029,80041,70050,98060,17064,38067,81087,470
East Anglia4,8002,9004,1004,3205,5505,9505,9907,900
South West10,5005,10010,50012,83013,35015,45018,66020,380
West Midlands7,2004,4008,1009,42010,83012,25014,95020,880
East Midlands7,6005,1007,2007,8007,8509,2809,99012,580
Yorkshire and Humberside7,7004,6007,3008,2008,1208,79011,25015,640
North West10,2006,6009,70013,42014,92015,71018,88024,640
North5,6003,4005,0005,9606,7007,9009,23012,130
Wales5,8004,5005,8006,6507,6007,8409,27011,750
Scotland15,6009,90012,80016,38014,31014,30016,87018,210
England115,80061,90093,500112,280127,270139,790156,870201,720
United Kingdom138,30076,900112,900136,510150,760163,620184,970233,660