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Labour Statistics

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are engaged in (a) service and (b) manufacturing industries in (i) the Northwich travel-to-work area, (ii) the Chester travel-to-work area

Employees in employment1
(Thousand)
Travel to work area2
Divisions SIC 1980NorthwichWirral and ChesterWidnes and Runcorn
198119841981198419811984
6–9 Service industries22·424·4110·7108·526·825·2
2–4 Manufacturing industries14·613·646·639·021·319·6
1 The figures exclude the self-employed and members of Her Majesty's forces.
2 Defined in terms of ward boundaries as at 1981.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of advertised job vacancies in (a) the Northwich travel-to-work area, (b) the Chester travel-to-work area and (c) the Runcorn travel-to-work area; what were the numbers at the same date in each of the last five years; and what each figure represents as a percentage of those unemployed but available for work.

The following tables show the number of unfilled vacancies (excluding community programme vacancies) at jobcentres covering areas closely corresponding to the Northwich, Wirral and Chester and Widnes and Runcorn travel-to-work areas in December of each of the last five years, along with the total number of unemployed claimants in each travel-to-work area. Total numbers of advertised job vacancies are not available but it is estimated that nationally about a third of vacancies are notified to jobcentres. Comparisons of the unemployment figures over the period are slightly affected by the change in the method of compiling the figures in March 1986.

Northwich travel-to-work area
Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
December 19831786,449
December 19841866,441

and (iii) the Runcorn travel-to-work area; and what were the figures at the same time of year in each of the past five years.

The available employee estimates for travel-to-work areas are from censuses of employment taken in September 1981 and September 1984 and are as follows:

Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
December 19852096,465
December 19863016,039
December 19872094,908
Wirral and Chester travel-to-work area
Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
December 19831,19737,315
December 19841,01938,848
December 19851,13939,317
December 19861,51137,824
December 19871,77332,633
Widnes and Runcorn travel-to-work area
Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
December 198319811,403
December 198424911,549
December 198527211,536
December 198627811,074
December 19872929,535