I have seen unemployment figures which show that unemployment is Delyn continues to steadily rise. This is of serious concern as it shows not only has the total number of unemployed risen, but also that those aged between 18-24 has increased.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in March 2017 was 745.
This represents a rate of 2.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 334th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 45 lower than March 2016 and 20 higher than February 2017.
There were 190 claimants aged 18-24 in March 2017, 10 lower than March 2016 and 5 higher than February 2017.
Since the beginning of 2017 we have seen unemployment figures in Delyn go only one way; to rise. Each one of these figures represents a person without the fulfilment of work and having to rely on social security to get by. The Government likes to boast about its ability to reduce unemployment, but what they fail to notice is that in communities, like ours, their policies do little to nothing to help us.
The one condolence we had in the last set of unemployment figures was that youth unemployment had fallen, but even that has been reversed in these figures. We had a promise to uphold to the next generation that they will always do better than us, but the actions of the Government have broken that promise. We are seeing in Delyn this in the shape of youth unemployment.
I have raised time and time again with various Ministers the urgent need to review how they formulate policies to help areas such as ours. Each time the Government nod in agreement, but we can see in these figures that they are failing. Rest assured I will keep pressing the Government to take the right action and help get people back into work.