I welcome the fall in unemployment claimants, both for young people and the wider population.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in November 2016 was 710. This represents a rate of 2.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 331st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn in October was 732.
This includes 414 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 296 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.
There were 195 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in November 2016. In October there were 205 claimants aged 18-24.
This is excellent news to hear in time for Christmas. The reduction in unemployment is due in no small part to the hard work of the Welsh Assembly, local communities and councils and Flintshire businesses. I know that businesses have been working tirelessly to ensure that staff are retained a retrained. This is securing the jobs market in Flintshire in the face of uncertainty.
I am most pleased to see that youth unemployment has finally fallen. The last two statistical releases showed that youth unemployment was rising month on month. This was a worrying feature of our jobs market in Delyn. But now it would appear that more young people are gaining employment and starting their working lives.
The new year will see business face new challenges and opportunities. I will be working hard with them to ensure that employment increases and that people living in Delyn get the decent jobs they deserve.