By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

Unemployment January 2017

I have voiced my concern with the small rise in total unemployment claimants. But within the unemployment claimants figures it shows that claimants between the age of 18-24 saw the biggest rise.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in January 2017 was 715. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 327th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 10 higher than December 2016.

There were 205 claimants aged 18-24 in January 2017, which is not only 15 higher than December 2016 but is 20 higher than January 2016.

This month has seen inflation rise to 1.8%, with wage growth just about managing to keep up, and now we can that unemployment has increased in Delyn. Most concerning is the rise in youth unemployment in Delyn.

The Government have dragged their heels over must needed investment into North Wales and their uncertainty on Brexit is causing businesses to restrict their operations in due to the doubts they hold. If we fail to secure people into work at the beginning of their working lives it puts in place barriers to a healthy working ethos. Putting further stress and strain on public services.

For the past few months unemployment in Delyn has been bumping along with no dramatic reduction in claimants. Now we are seeing unemployment rise and not fall. It is a failure by the Government to invest into North Wales and support our local economy. Once again they are ignoring Flintshire.