§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number now registered as unemployed in the West Midlands and the number of vacancies now available.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
At 9 October there were 221,914 people registered as unemployed in the West Midlands region. At 3 October there were 5,994 notified vacancies remaining unfilled at employment offices and 739 at careers offices in the region. The figures are provisional.
The vacancy figures relate only to those notified to employment offices and careers offices; vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. Because of possible duplication the figures for employment offices and careers offices should not be added together.