HC Deb 31 March 2004 vol 419 c1479W
Mr. Trimble

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the workforce in Northern Ireland was employed in manufacturing during the last five years; and what the equivalent figure was for the whole of the United Kingdom. [164057]

Mr. Pearson

Estimates of the percentage of employee jobs in Manufacturing in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom between December 1998 and December 2003 are provided in the following table:

Percentage of employee jobs in manufacturing in Northern Ireland and the UK
Seasonally adjusted—December of each year Northern Ireland United Kingdom
1998 17.3 16.7
1999 16.6 15.8
2000 16.0 15.1
2001 15.0 14.3
2002 14.3 13.8
2003 13.5 13.4

Source: Quarterly Employment Survey, DETI; Office for National Statistics.

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