By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

Unemployment: April 2019

I have denounced the utter failure by the UK Government to reduce unemployment in Delyn as figures show that unemployment remains above 1,000 people and has increased since April 2019.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in May 2019 was 1,185.

This represents a rate of 3.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in February to April 2019.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 225 higher than May 2018 and 15 higher than April 2019.

There were 260 claimants aged 18-24 in May 2019, 60 higher than May 2018.

Delyn has now had more than a 1,000 people unemployed for 9 continuous months.

The UK Government should be ashamed of their utter incompetence in tackling unemployment in Delyn. We have now had nine long months where unemployment is above 1,000 people and this month marks yet another rise in unemployment from the previous. They should stop pretending to be a government and act like one.

Without a doubt we will hear from the UK Government that nationally unemployment has fallen, but this lack of attention to communities like ours means that we get left behind. They also fail to recognise that many of those now in work are on zero-hours contracts or working multiple low-paid jobs just to keep their heads above water. This is a deeply shameful state for affairs for one of the richest nations on the planet.

What I find the most shameful of these figures is that there are 60 more young people unemployed today than a year ago. That’s 60 people at the start of their lives who just want to get on and do better, but the opportunities are being removed. The County Council and Welsh Government are facing an uphill battle to combat the ineffectiveness of the UK Government. I dread to think how much worse these figures would be without their dedication towards employment in Flintshire.

Whilst members of the UK Government battle it out for the Prime Minister’s job they are blithely ignoring that over a 1,000 people in Delyn are without one. They need to get their priorities in order and govern in the interest of everyone in the UK and bring down unemployment.