§ Mr. Alan Clark
Employment statistics for local areas are available only for those dates when censuses of employment are taken. The latest available figures from the 1981 census of employment showed that 52,000 people were employed in Basildon compared with 46,000 in 1978 when the previous census was taken. It is not possible to give a figure for the number of jobs created. The number of net job gains shown by the censuses between 1978 and 1981 was 6,000. More up-to-date figures will become available following publication of the September 1984 census in the sping. Between censuses, employment estimates are based on small-scale sample inquiries which do not produce reliable results for areas smaller than regions.