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26000 Jobs lost in the West Midlands

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

26,200 JOBS LOST IN THE WEST MIDLANDS SINCE 2007 AS UK MANUFACTURING OUTPUT STILL 6% BELOW PRE RECESSION LEVEL GMB CONGRESS TOLD

The recovery in the UK cannot be put on a sound footing and a further recession is inevitable unless the Government puts in place a strategy to close the huge and unsustainable balance of payments deficit GMB Congress told

A new study discussed at the GMB Congress in Bournemouth was told today that the number of people employed in manufacturing in the West Midlands has declined between 2008 and 2015 by 26,200 to 348,100. The UK has seen a decline of 385,500 in the seven years since 2008 from 3.36m to 2.97m people.

There has been a decline in manufacturing employment in nine of the 14 authorities in the West Midlands. Warwickshire has seen the largest decline, losing 12,400 people in manufacturing since 2008, Worcestershire has lost 8,600, Staffordshire 7,800, Solihull 2,900 and Sandwell 2,700. See the figures for all areas in the West Midlands in the table below.

The study shows that the UK balance of payments deficit has grown from 3.6% of GDP in 2008 to over 5% in 2015. It also shows that manufacturing output fell by 12% between 2007 and 2009 and while there has been a recovery since then output in 2015 is still 6% below the 2007 pre recession level (See notes to editors for deficit and output figures).

Set out in notes to editors are details for all regions in the UK with the largest decrease in numbers employed in the manufacturing industry from 2008 to 2015. The raw data for all 203 areas in Great Britain plus the other GMB press releases with regional data are set out as PDF’s at the foot of the national release at the GMB website: www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom. See notes to editors for sources and definitions.

 

 

Jan 2008-Dec 2008

Jan 2015-Dec 2015

 

 

 

number

%

number

%

change

 

United Kingdom

3,359,500

11.4

2,974,000

9.6

-385,500

 

West Midlands

374,300

15.0

348,100

13.4

-26,200

rank

         

 

1

Warwickshire

47,500

17.1

35,100

12.5

-12,400

2

Worcestershire

44,800

16.3

36,200

12.9

-8,600

3

Staffordshire

64,600

15.5

56,800

13.3

-7,800

4

Solihull

13,600

14.3

10,700

11.3

-2,900

5

Sandwell

19,900

17.1

17,200

12.8

-2,700

6

Stoke-on-Trent

17,100

15.8

14,500

13.0

-2,600

7

Telford and Wrekin

16,100

19.9

14,100

17.3

-2,000

8

Wolverhampton

17,900

18.1

16,600

15.7

-1,300

9

Herefordshire, County of

13,500

15.4

12,700

13.9

-800

10

Coventry

20,800

15.4

20,900

14.7

100

11

Walsall

17,900

15.6

18,100

16.4

200

12

Shropshire

19,300

13.4

20,200

12.8

900

13

Dudley

16,400

11.7

20,700

14.7

4,300

14

Birmingham

44,900

11.0

54,300

12.4

9,400

 

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary said "It is a fundamental truth that the recovery in the UK cannot be put on a sound footing until the Government put in place a strategy to close the balance of payments deficit which last year was over 5% of GDP.

Closing this deficit is ultimately more important than dealing with the public sector deficit. Tories from the South of England have to be made to face this reality.

The government have to accept that we are travelling in the wrong direction with another 385,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the UK over the last seven years with 27,000 of the losses in the North East region.

Unless the UK Government and the devolved administrations address this unsustainable deficit another recession is inevitable. 

We can't have any more foot dragging on saving the steel industry. We cannot accept any more public procurement of ships for the Royal Navy or trains for our railways from overseas.”

End

Contact: Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary on 07794 247960 or Samantha Jones 07939 874272; Jude Brimble 07850 974198 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors:

1.Source: Annual Population Survey from the Office for National Statistics.

2.Annual Population Survey is residence based and a continuous household survey covering the UK.

The data is for all in employment who work in the manufacturing industry

The APS is the source recommended for employment-related statistics, such as estimates of the number of people in employment or unemployed.

UK regions change in manufacturing employment

 

 

Jan 2008-Dec 2008

Jan 2015-Dec 2015

 
 

number

%

number

%

change

United Kingdom

3,359,500

11.4

2,974,000

9.6

-385,500

Great Britain

3,272,400

11.4

2,883,700

9.5

-388,700

           

North West

438,300

13.8

353,600

10.7

-84,700

London

212,900

5.6

158,700

3.7

-54,200

South East

410,500

9.7

358,200

8.1

-52,300

Scotland

257,400

10.2

220,700

8.6

-36,700

South West

282,300

11.1

253,600

9.5

-28,700

North East

153,900

13.3

127,000

10.7

-26,900

West Midlands

374,300

15.0

348,100

13.4

-26,200

East

307,700

11.0

281,800

9.4

-25,900

East Midlands

336,300

15.6

314,800

14.2

-21,500

Yorkshire and The Humber

330,800

13.7

311,700

12.3

-19,100

Wales

168,000

12.4

155,400

11.1

-12,600

Northern Ireland

87,100

11.0

90,300

11.0

3,200

 

2 Balance of payments deficit

 

Gross Domestic Product at market prices: Current price: Seasonally adjusted £m 

BoP Current Account Balance deficit SA £m                                      

% of GDP

2008

1,519,597

55,190

3.6

2009

1,485,727

45,177

3.0

2010

1,555,548

43,514

2.8

2011

1,619,480

27,400

1.7

2012

1,665,213

54,698

3.3

2013

1,734,949

77,908

4.5

2014

1,817,234

92,469

5.1

2015

1,863,995

96,227

5.2

 

3

 

Gross Domestic Product by Gross Value Added.Chained volume measures of manufacturing industry output at basic prices Index 2012=100

2007

107.8

2008

104.8

2009

95.0

2010

99.3

2011

101.4

2012

100.0

2013

98.9

2014

101.6

2015

101.3

 

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