I am dismayed with today’s statistics which show that unemployment in Delyn has risen for the third consecutive month. Unemployment in Delyn for the month ending December 2017 stands at 855.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in December 2017 was 855.
This represents a rate of 2.6% 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 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between September and November 2017.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 145 higher than December 2016 and 45 higher than November 2017.
There were 185 claimants aged 18-24 in December 2017, 10 lower than December 2016.
For three months we have now seen unemployment increase in Delyn. I have repeatedly told the Government that if they failed invest into the economy it will start to see job losses. We are now into our third month of rising unemployment. Three wasted months where people have lost their careers and income.
What I find most concerning is when you combine these unemployment figures with the recent child poverty figures. Nearly 1 in 4 children in Delyn are now living in poverty, many of whom live in a household that are in work. If we continue to see an increase in unemployment we will see more children placed into this most heart-breaking situation.
Labour in Wales is using our scarce resources to try and alleviate the economic incompetence of the Conservative Westminster Government. When in we were in UK government we ensured that half a million children were lifted out of poverty and people had secure employment. The current Government is too busy infighting over who gets to be the next Prime Minister and isn’t focused on how to help people get on in life. North-East Wales needs investment and support to grow. Support that has been proven to be lacking from this Tory Government.