I am concerned about the rise in the number of people unemployed nationally. Unemployment across the UK has risen to 1.7 million, which is an increase of 21,000.
The picture is slightly better in Delyn with the unemployment count remaining stable at 738 people. A fall of only 7 people. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.
This includes 542 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 196 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.
There were 175 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in March 2016, 65 lower than in March 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)
Whilst I cautiously welcome the stabilised unemployment figures in Delyn, I am really concerned that nationally unemployment has risen by 21,000 to 1.7 million. These might only sound like irrelevant statistics, but each one of these numbers represent a person who is unable to find work.
Unemployment places a huge amount of stress on those unable to find work. We must be ensuring that we have full employment so that everyone is able to earn a decent days pay and get on in life.
Not only is unemployment rising across the UK, but we are seeing wages failing to keep up with the cost of living. That is with the recent introduction of the higher national living wage. This is because of cuts to in work support – such as universal credits – and the failure to tackle businesses who refuse to pay a fair days pay.