Unemployment February 2017

I am concerned that we have now witnessed a two consecutive month rise in unemployment in Delyn. But I do welcome the sudden drop in youth unemployment.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in February 2017 was 725. This is an increase of 10 since January 2017.

This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 338th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

There were 185 claimants aged 18-24 in February 2017, 15 lower than February 2016 and 30 lower than in January 2017.

Before Christmas unemployment figures were promising for Delyn, demonstrating the hard work being put in by employers and employees was paying off. However, since the New Year we have seen two consecutive months of unemployment rises. Each one of these figures represents an individual who no longer has access to work and cannot share in the pride of doing a day’s work and providing for themselves and their families.

I welcome the fact that youth employment has risen, but I wish to caveat this as it has become the norm for these figures to fluctuate, as we have seen over the past three months. What is important is the long term trend to get young people into a career that they can enjoy and provide them with a decent living.

Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly Government are trying hard to create and sustain jobs in our area. They deserve our support in these efforts.

Only recently I raised with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions this very issue. I called on the Government to ensure that the investment into the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is spread to North Wales. It is only right that Delyn businesses have access to the funding that is being provided so quality jobs can be brought to our communities.