I welcome the new statistics showing that once again the claimant count for Delyn both for Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen year on year.
In November 2015 the total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn was 722, which represents 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 318th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 65-th = lowest claimant rate.) The UK equivalent claimant rate was 2.4%.
This includes 530 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 192 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment.
The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 136 lower than in November 2014.
However, there are concerning signs that this trend may be coming to an end. Between October and November 2015 the claimant count rose slightly by 21.
Once again it is good to see that the claimant count continues to fall year on year in Delyn. People are able to find work and provide for their families.
I am concerned that there was a month on month increase, however. 21 might not sound like a large number, but that represents 21 people in Delyn who have moved onto benefits because no work is available. Everyone should have the ability to have a job.
I will continue to work with businesses in the area to ensure that Delyn and north Wales remains the go to place for investment, jobs and growth.