HC Deb 06 April 1987 vol 114 cc36-7W
Mr. Alton

asked the Paymaster General if he will provide for each year since 1979 the numbers of people being unemployed on Merseyside, and the number of vacancies available at job centres.

Mr. Lee

The following is the available information. Unemployment on-flow statistics—which are also in the Library—are available only from October 1982.

Numbers of people becoming unemployed claimants in the Merseyside Metropolitan Area
1983 147,277
1984 138,929
1985 144,326
1986 145,855


Figures only include computerised claims. The 1983 figure relates to jobcentres closely corresponding to the Merseyside Metropolitan area.

Average numbers of unfilled vacancies at jobcentres covering the Merseyside Metropolitan Area
1979 2,937
1980 1,834
1981 2,203
1982 1,833
1983 2,499
1984 2,741
1985 2,836
1986 3,345


Figures for 1979–81 include a small number of vacancies for the Special Temporary Employment Programme, and from 1981 to 1983 vacancies on the Community Enterprise Programme. The 1981 figure includes temporary vacancies for work on the 1981 census.

Mr. Blair

asked the Paymaster General if he will publish the total effect on the numbers on the unemployment register of those working in special employment and training measures, for each month from February 1986.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Crowther

asked the Paymaster General if he will state the number of those people unemployed for (a) less than six months, (b) between six months and one year, (c) between one year and two years and (d) over two years and the total number of people unemployed for every constituency in Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Mr. Lee

I am sending the hon. Member a computer printout showing the information requested, which is available in the Library. The information relates to numbers of claimants in the parliamentary constituencies of the Yorkshire and Humberside region who had been unemployed for the durations requested on 8 January 1987, the latest date for which an analysis of unemployment by duration is available.