I welcome the continued fall in unemployment claimants in Delyn. Not only was there a fall for young people but also for the wider working population of Delyn as a whole.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in December 2016 was 705. This represents a rate of 2.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 326th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 30 lower than December 2015 and 5 lower than November 2016.
There were 190 claimants aged 18-24 in December 2016, compared with 195 claimants aged 18-24 in the Delyn constituency in November 2016.
Once again the hard work of local businesses and the people of Delyn has paid off. We have seen an increase employment again in our communities. Our businesses have been supported by the Welsh Assembly and local government to ensure that they have the tools they need to grow and develop into robust businesses and provide the decent employment that everyone deserves.
It is excellent to see youth unemployment fall as well as unemployment for those aged 24 and over. This shows that businesses in North Wales are investing into the future workforce and helping people begin their careers.
However, I am concerned that recent inflation figures have shown that the cost of living is increasing. We must ensure that work pays a fair and decent wage and that no one should have to struggle to get by. If inflation continues to rise and wages remain at the historic plateauing levels we will see a cost of living crisis. The Government must act now to ensure that wages rise in line with living costs.