§ 33. Mr. Tom Cox
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the present number of (a) men and (b) women registered as unemployed in the London borough of Wandsworth and the number of job vacancies registered at local job centres.
§ Mr. Gummer
In June, there were 10,824 male and 3,908 female unemployed claimants in the area covered by the Balham, Clapham Junction and Tooting jobcentres, which corresponds closely to the London borough of Wandsworth. These figures do not include 121 male and 112 female unemployed school leavers under 18 years registered at careers offices in the area who are not yet entitled to benefit.
The total number of notified vacancies remaining unfilled at the jobcentres was 551. Vacancies notified to jobcentres are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. The number of vacancies remaining unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn which would reflect activity more closely.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 March 1983 the number of people placed in jobs by the Balham, Clapham Junction and Tooting jobcentres was 6,060. It is estimated that the public employment service accounts for about one in four of all placings.