I am concerned by new figures which show that unemployment has increased in Delyn in the month ending October 2017 to 780.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in October 2017 was 780.
This represents a rate of 2.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 291st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between July and September 2017.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 50 higher than October 2016 and 5 higher than September 2017.
There were 180 claimants aged 18-24 in October 2017, 20 lower than October 2016.
Ihave long said that unemployment is not being tackled by the UK Government in Delyn. We have seen it fluctuate but never continuously decline. Not only was this an increase in unemployment on the month ending September 2017, but more worryingly it was an increase of 50 from last year’s figures.
The small consolation prize in these figures is the small decline in youth unemployment. We need to see the Government doing much more for 18-24 year olds. All too often the UK Government put in place policies which discriminate against the young and those starting out in life. It is time for serious action to be taken to secure decent jobs for those beginning their careers.
When you combined this increase in unemployment with the changes to in work social security payments, through changes to Universal Credit, we can see the UK Government making life harder for those trying to do the right thing.