I welcome today’s the fall in the number of unemployment claimants. But I remained concerned that people born between 1980 and 2000 are earning less than their equivalent age in the previous generation.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in June 2016 was 699. This represents a rate of 2.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 323rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
This includes 500 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 199 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.
The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 37 lower than in June 2015 and 50 lower than in May 2016.
There were 160 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in June 2016, 50 lower than in June 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)
This week the Resolution Foundation found that under-35s earned £8,000 less in their twenties than Generation X workers.
The thinktank defines Generation X as those born between 1966 and 1980.
This makes them the first generation to earn less than their predecessors over the course of their working life.
I do welcome the fall in people claiming unemployment support. The ability to get a job and provide for your family is a fundamental right that everyone should be able to achieve.
However, this week also saw the publishing of figures from the well-respected Resolution Foundation showing that jobs that are being created are not providing the pay that people deserve. It is wrong that we have a generation that is being paid less than the previous. It used to be a given that our children will always be better off than we are.
The Government like to boast about the low unemployment figures, but are quick to distance themselves from the quality of these jobs. People in Flintshire need a decent job and a decent pay. Something this recent research shows it not the case.