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Manufacturing Employment

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of manufacturing employment was in (a) 1979, (b) 1997, (c) 1999, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005. (89602)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the national statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the level of employment in manufacturing. (89602)

The available statistics for the UK manufacturing industry are shown in the table below.

Workforce jobs in the UK manufacturing industry, June each year

Thousand

1979

7,094

1997

4,514

1999

4,372

2004

3,545

2005

3,383

Note: Figures are seasonally adjusted.

These estimates are based on sample surveys and are therefore subject to a margin of uncertainty.