§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give a regional breakdown of the 161,000 construction workers unemployed in January, 1972, and compare these with vacancies 55W for construction workers in each of the standard regions.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Following is the information:
REGIONAL ANALYSIS FOR JANUARY, 1972 OF THE NUMBER OF PERSONS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED WHO LAST WORKED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AND OF NOTIFIED VACANCIES REMAINING UNFILLED IN THAT INDUSTRY Unemployed Unfilled vacancies South East 26,715 4,780 East Anglia 3,565 734 South West 8,304 1,027 West Midlands 12,842 713 East Midlands 7,945 675 Yorkshire and Humberside 16,105 835 North West 23,498 774 North 18,090 668 Wales 13,156 511 Scotland 31,124 539 Great Britain 161,344 10,956
The vacancy statistics relate only to notified vacancies remaining unfilled and do not purport to measure the total unsatisfied demand for labour.