HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc456-7W
Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many registered vacancies by trade and profession in (a) the West Midlands and (b) the Walsall travel-to-work area there were (i) in July 1979 and (ii) at the latest date.

Mr. Alison

The following table gives an analysis by broad occupational groups of the numbers of notified vacancies remaining unfilled at June 1979 and June 1982. The figures, which are available quarterly, relate to vacancies notified to employment offices but not careers offices. Vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the economy as a whole. The number of vacancies unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn, which would reflect activity more closely. For example, during the 12 month period to June 1982, 86,527 people were placed in jobs by employment offices in the West Midlands region. It is estimated that the public employment service accounts for about one in four of all placings

West Midlands region Walsall travel-to-work area
June 1979 June 1982 June 1979 June 1982
Construction, mining and related occupations not elsewhere classified 697 187 55 11
Transport operating, materials moving and storing and related occupations 1,182 280 95 20
Miscellaneous occupations (including general labourers) 825 210 69 13
Total, all occupations 16,191 6,934 1,172 427