Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment in Delyn stands at 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. There are now 225 fewer people in Delyn claiming for unemployment than in September 2014.
Moreover, figures show that there has been a fall in the number of claimants aged 18-24 between September 2014 and September 2015.
This is good news for Delyn. Seeing more people in work means that families have security, people have opportunity and children have stability. Because of this I’m sure that our community will continue to grow and strengthen. I know that Labours Welsh Assembly and Flintshire County Council are working hard to attract new jobs to our county and these figures show success.
But we need to make sure that these new jobs pay a decent wage, giving people the opportunity to aspire to bigger and better things. The excellent news that unemployment has fallen is dampened by the government’s recent decision to cut working tax credits for families. With people seeing £1,300 on average being taken away from their pay packet, we can see that this government is undermining those striving at work.