I have condemned the fifth consecutive rise in unemployment in the constituency. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn in February 2018 was 935.
This represents a rate of 2.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 260th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.7%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between November 2017 and January 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 215 higher than February 2017 and 45 higher than January 2018.
There were 220 claimants aged 18-24 in February 2018, 40 higher than February 2017.
Communities in Delyn have now faced five consecutive months of growing unemployment. As I predicted, the continued lack of investment from the UK Government is securing a trajectory of increased unemployment. We are now nearing the stage where unemployment will be reaching a four figure number meaning that people are blocked from a decent days work and pay.
It is deeply concerning to see youth unemployment rising. People who are not able to secure further education or work will feel let down and left out in society. We need everyone to feel part of the community and society through good employment.
We were all told in 2010 by the UK Government that the pain of austerity would be worth it. However, we can see it is only hurting and not working. Under-investment in our public services, local government and infrastructure has resulted in an economy that doesn’t support businesses in providing decent employment. Instead we are in the situation of increasing unemployment and those who are lucky enough to have a job are facing zero-hours contracts and agency work – with the lack of employment rights they secure.
I want to see a government in place that tackles unemployment and the changing practices of employers so that we can provide secure work. People entering the workplace nowadays are not given the long-term careers older generations were. If the UK Government fail to grasp the nettle of low-paid work in the coming years we will see an ingrained system where work no longer pays.