I am concerned by the return to stagnation in unemployment in Delyn today. Figures released today show that the number of people receiving unemployment support has only fallen by 1 person.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in May 2016 was 730. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 314th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
This includes 533 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 197 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.
The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 57 lower than in May 2015 and 1 lower than in April 2016.
There were 165 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn constituency in May 2016, 70 lower than in May 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)
Not only am I concerned that the number of people in Delyn receiving unemployment support has only fallen by 1 since last month’s figures, but I am concerned that this figure will only rise in the coming months.
This is because school leavers will be entering the jobs market, which as we can see from these figures is stagnant. I want everyone who leaves school to be able to get a career that they are proud to be part of and pays a decent wage.
Young people are being the hardest hit by this Government. They are leaving school after working hard for their qualifications only to find that the job they want is not there. I am working hard with employers in Delyn to ensure that they have apprenticeship schemes and employment opportunities available, but the Government needs to do more to help north Wales.