By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am deeply concerned to see that unemployment has continued to rise in the constituency for the fourth consecutive month. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in January 2018 was 890.

This represents a rate of 2.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 256th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.4% between October and December 2017.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 170 higher than January 2017 and 25 higher than December 2017. This means that an additional 1 in 5 workers have lost their job since January 2017.

Delyn is now witnessing its fourth consecutive month of increases in job losses. If this trend continues we will soon see unemployment pushing into four figure numbers. Sadly, we have now gone over the tipping point and seen unemployment in Delyn go past the national average meaning that we are being hit harder than most by the UK Government’s decisions.

We have all seen what eight years of enforced austerity has done for Delyn and Wales. It has undermined our public services, created unwanted decisions for our local authority and now seen people lose their jobs.

Welsh Labour is determined to do our utmost to bring back employment to North East Wales, but at each turn our efforts are being undermined by the UK Government who seemingly have no concerns over our local economic performance. We need investment into our infrastructure to attract people and businesses. But not only that we need a demonstration by the UK Government that investing in our region is good for jobs. They can do this with a decent North Wales Growth Deal, something we have yet to see.

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The North Wales Growth Deal has been announced several times over now. I have been stating that we need it urgently if we are to stop any increases in unemployment. Sadly, the Government have only just started to take action. That is why I wanted to press the Minister on the increase in unemployment in Delyn announced today.

October witnessed a rise in unemployment and I warned the UK Government if they did not take action it would only rise further. Today’s figures demonstrate that they did not heed these warnings and let unemployment push above the 800 mark. This follows years of fluctuations in unemployment in Delyn, under the Conservatives, but no definitive fall.

Youth unemployment is remaining at 180 people. Showing that despite the efforts of the Welsh Assembly Government in providing excellent education and skills training, the UK Government is squandering our young people’s potential.

What we are seeing is a government who are not competent enough to manage the UK economy. For all their bluster surrounding their credentials on the economy we can see a shambolic approach to bringing down inflation and securing more decent jobs. We now live in the situation where inflation continues to rise to an eye-watering 3.1% and the number of people in secure work plummets. Labour will invest into our community and tackle the cost of living crisis head on.

The Minister seemed to demonstrate an unwillingness to even note the rise in unemployment in Delyn. Instead he opted to say that everything is well in his constituency. This shows a disregard for the people of Delyn and shows this government’s incompetency in implementing a growth deal when it was first needed.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am concerned by new figures which show that unemployment has increased for two consecutive months in Delyn. Unemployment in Delyn in the month ending November 2017 stands at 805.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in November 2017 was 805.

This represents a rate of 2.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 278th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between August and October 2017.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 90 higher than November 2016 and the 25 higher than October 2017. Read more “Unemployment: November 2017”