I condemn the 30% increase of unemployment between December 2017 and December 2018. This rise is also evident month-on-month (November 2018 to December 2018).
In December 2018, the total number of Delyn unemployed claimants was 1,120, which has increased since November 2018 (when there were 1,110 unemployed claimants). This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in September to November 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 255 higher than December 2017 and 5 higher than November 2018.
In December 2018, there were 245 unemployed claimants aged 18-24, 60 higher than December 2017.
A 30% increase in unemployment is condemnable. We must remember that every number represents someone who has lost their livelihood. It is shocking and desperately sad that the UK Government has allowed the situation in Delyn to get this bad.
What I find most concerning is the number of young people aged between 18 and 24 who cannot find secure work. It is vitally important the people are able to gain a decent job at the beginning of their working lives, so that they can have pride in the work they do.
But the unemployment figures are only part of the story. Recent reports from foodbanks in Flintshire show that 1 in 5 people have had to access their help in the last 3 years. Added to that, the deeply troubling rise in child poverty, some areas of Delyn, now have 40% Child Poverty after housing costs, we can see our local economy is being neglected by a distant UK Government.
Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government have been working tirelessly for our community by making investments into schemes like affordable housing, to try and improve employment prospects. But this is an uphill battle in the face of a UK Government who is doing the bare minimum.