HC Deb 13 February 1985 vol 73 c184W
Mr. Pike

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the net change in jobs in Lancashire for the period 1979 to the latest date for which figures are available in the following industries: (a) mining, (b) chemicals, (c) metal manufacture, (d) footwear, (e) mechanical engineering, (f) textiles and (g) paper and printing.

Mr. Alan Clark

The available information on employment in local areas is from the June 1978 and the following September 1981 census of employment. Net changes in the number of employees in employment in the industries quoted in Lancashire in that period are as follows:

Standard Industrial Classifiction (1968) Thousands
Order II Mining and Quarrying -0.6
Order V Chemicals and Allied Industries -2.6
Order VI Metal Manufacture +0-4
MLH 450 Footwear -0.8
Order VII Mechanical Engineering +1.7
Order XIII Textiles -16.0
Order XVIII Paper, Printing and Publishing -1.0

Mr. Campbell-Savours

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons, both male and female, were placed in employment by the Workington jobcentre in the last month for which statistics are available.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Workington jobcentre placed 69 people in the five-week period ending 4 January 1985, the latest for which statistics are available. Separate figures for males and females are not compiled monthly.

There is likely to have been a substantial number of people who found jobs in the area other than through the jobcentre. Nationally it is estimated that about a quarter of all engagements are made through jobcentres.