I am deeply concerned to see that unemployment has continued to rise in the constituency for the fourth consecutive month. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in January 2018 was 890.
This represents a rate of 2.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 256th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.4% between October and December 2017.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 170 higher than January 2017 and 25 higher than December 2017. This means that an additional 1 in 5 workers have lost their job since January 2017.
Delyn is now witnessing its fourth consecutive month of increases in job losses. If this trend continues we will soon see unemployment pushing into four figure numbers. Sadly, we have now gone over the tipping point and seen unemployment in Delyn go past the national average meaning that we are being hit harder than most by the UK Government’s decisions.
We have all seen what eight years of enforced austerity has done for Delyn and Wales. It has undermined our public services, created unwanted decisions for our local authority and now seen people lose their jobs.
Welsh Labour is determined to do our utmost to bring back employment to North East Wales, but at each turn our efforts are being undermined by the UK Government who seemingly have no concerns over our local economic performance. We need investment into our infrastructure to attract people and businesses. But not only that we need a demonstration by the UK Government that investing in our region is good for jobs. They can do this with a decent North Wales Growth Deal, something we have yet to see.