I have received unemployment figures for the month ending June 2017 which show that unemployment rose to 735.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in June 2017 was 735.
This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 328th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 15 higher than May 2017.
There were 180 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2017. That’s an increase of 5 from May 2017 figures.
It is always worrying whenever you see unemployment increase, no matter how small the number appears. Each one of these people now unemployed have lost their livelihood and they need support to ensure they can get a job as quickly as possible.
Only recently was I meeting with an apprentice in Parliament to discuss the opportunities being provided in the aerospace industry. But I want to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to pursue whatever occupation they want. These figures show that there was an increase in youth unemployment meaning that some are not able to fulfill that ambition.
The progress that was made in recent months has been set back by the rise in unemployment. I know that the Welsh Assembly and Flintshire County Council are working hard with businesses and schools to ensure that we have the jobs and the training we need. I will be pressing the UK Government on this rise in unemployment as it shows that their policies are failing Delyn.