I welcome the fall in unemployment in Delyn today. Figures released today show that the number of people receiving unemployment support has fallen in Delyn.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in April 2016 was 731. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 322nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.
This includes 536 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 195 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.
The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 65 lower than in April 2015 and 13 lower than in March 2016.
There were 180 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in April 2016, 50 lower than in April 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)
This is good news for Delyn. The previous unemployment figures were showing a concerning trend of increasing unemployment in Delyn and nationally. This success has come about due to the hard work of the Welsh Assembly Government and Flintshire Council.
Local and devolved government has worked tirelessly to ensure that we have apprenticeships for those who want in work training, ensuring our young people have opportunities to seek a job that pays well and allows them develop a career.
I have been working with local employers, Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly to ensure that north Wales becomes a hub for employment and investment. Schemes like the Mersey-Dee Alliance are proving successful in bringing investment into our area.
More still needs to be done, however, to help those who remain unemployed to get jobs.