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Labour Statistics

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing employment in manufacturing industry by standard economic region in Great Britain and for each Welsh county for each year since 1979, each quarter of 1989; and the first quarter of the current year.

Table 1 shows employees in employment for each of the standard regions in Great Britain up to December 1989, the latest date for which information is available.

Figures for the counties are available only from censuses of employment taken in 1981, 1984 and 1987 and are given in table 2.

Table 1

Employees in employment in the manufacturing industry1 for each of the standard regions of Great Britain


South East

Greater London

East Anglia

South West

West Midlands

East Midlands

Yorkshire and Humberside

North West




Great Britain (sum of regions)

June 19791,871n/a2064399856067089714103156047,115
June 19801,820n/a2034279335826699313872905646,806
June 19811,684n/a1853978175325838103392405106,099
June 19821,6046491803857575145427443212264775,751
June 19831,5336091783667134855006942912134445,418
June 19841,4835731853737064824816692772124345,301
June 19851,4475391843756934874806642782114335,254
June 19861,3905061783676734874766532722104165,122
June 19871,3404651743676634834716572722174075,049
June 19881,3294521793706674914856732792334095,116
March 19891,3214371803716694914856812822414185,141
June 19891,3194421763696684934846782832434165,128
September 19891,3164321793756735034906862902504235,185
December 19891,3084261783766674994876852912504245,165
The figures are unadjusted for seasonal variations.

1 Standard Industrial Classification 1980 Division 2–4.

Table 2

Employees in employment in the manufacturing industries1 in counties of Wales2






Mid Glamorgan52·544·752·1
South Glamorgan26·625·222·8
West Glamorgan36·928·827·9

1 Standard Industrial Classification 1980 Division 2–4.

2 Counties are defined in terms of ward boundaries as at September 1981.