I cautiously welcome the small fall in the overall number of unemployed claimants in Delyn. However, but I remain concerned that youth unemployment continues to rise.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in October 2016 was 732. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 320th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn in September 2016 was 736.
This includes 429 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 303 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.
There were 205 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in October 2016. In September 2016 the number of claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn was 200.
I cautiously welcome this overall fall in the number of unemployed claimants in Delyn. But when you delve into the figures you can see that youth unemployment has risen yet again. This is now the third month in which youth unemployment has risen.
Each one of these figures represents someone who is at the beginning of their working life and wants to start a career. I have long been arguing that the UK Government needs to have a more targeted approach to bringing down youth unemployment. If we do not to get people into a decent job the Government will be failing them.
UK Government policies are not working for our community. Investment is lacking and a clear strategy on how to help people get back into work is alluding the UK Government. To increase the number of decent jobs available to all people in Delyn we need to see support for our businesses. I will continue my work with the Mersey-Dee Alliance to bring jobs and growth to Delyn.