I am deeply concerned that the number of unemployed claimants in Delyn has risen for a second month.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in September 2016 was 736. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 310th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%. This is an increase of 10 from August 2016 figures.
This includes 452 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 284 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.
There were 200 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in September 2016, which is an increase of 5 on the figures for August 2016.
This is now the second consecutive month that unemployment has risen in Delyn. There has been a 2.5% increase in youth unemployment and a 1.3% increase in unemployment overall. Last month, when the increase first occurred, I called on the Government to take action now. Their failure to do so has resulting in more young people being unemployed; not being able to take their first step into the workplace.
Before this two month increase, the past few months have seen a fluctuation in unemployment. Demonstrating that Government policies were not targeting communities like ours. Only when we see investment into businesses and local services will we see our community getting the jobs it deserves.
I am continuously pressing the Government on investment into our region. The Mersey-Dee Alliance continues to meet to discuss how we can develop a stronger working relationship with Merseyside; giving Delyn the decent jobs it needs.