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385,500 Manufacturing jobs lost since 2007

Monday, June 6, 2016

385,500 Jobs Lost 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 shows that the number of people employed in the manufacturing industries in the UK has declined by 385,500 in the seven years since 2008 from 3.36m to 2.97m people.

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)

Every region in Great Britain has seen a decline in manufacturing employment. The regions that have seen the biggest fall in seven years are the North West, losing 85,000 people from the industry, London losing 54,000, the South East 52,000 and Scotland 37,000. See the figures for all regions in the table below.

Set out in notes to editors are details for the twenty areas in Great Britain 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

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

 

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing 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.

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. We need a UK based supply chain for the renewables and nuclear energy sectors.”

End

Contact: Jude Brimble 07850 974198 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editor

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.

Twenty areas with largest decline in manufacturing

 

 

Jan 2008-Dec 2008

Jan 2015-Dec 2015

 
 

number

%

number

%

change

Gloucestershire

51,700

17.3

31,300

10.1

-20,400

Surrey

48,900

8.6

31,700

5.5

-17,200

Warwickshire

47,500

17.1

35,100

12.5

-12,400

Hertfordshire

59,300

10.6

46,900

7.8

-12,400

Manchester

24,800

12.4

13,500

5.8

-11,300

Cheshire East

37,200

20.4

26,200

14.3

-11,000

Suffolk

43,700

12.4

32,900

9.3

-10,800

County Durham

39,600

16.9

29,300

12.8

-10,300

Kirklees

40,000

20.5

30,300

15.4

-9,700

Essex

68,000

10.2

58,400

8.3

-9,600

Northamptonshire

58,100

16.7

48,700

13.6

-9,400

Leicestershire

53,300

16.2

44,600

13.4

-8,700

Worcestershire

44,800

16.3

36,200

12.9

-8,600

Fife

25,100

14.4

17,000

9.8

-8,100

Leeds

41,600

11.5

33,500

8.5

-8,100

Hampshire

74,400

11.4

66,500

9.5

-7,900

Staffordshire

64,600

15.5

56,800

13.3

-7,800

Bolton

18,900

15.5

11,200

8.8

-7,700

Lancashire

76,300

14.2

68,600

12.4

-7,700

Hillingdon

14,000

11.3

6,600

4.6

-7,400

 

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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