I am concerned about the rise in the number of unemployed claimants.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in August 2016 was 726. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 318th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
This includes 470 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 256 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.
The number of people aged 18-24 was 195 claimants, that is an increase of 35 on the figures for June 2016.
This rise in unemployment has been caused, in part, by an increase in school leavers being unable to find employment. The UK Government is failing to ensure that employment opportunities are available by not investing in apprenticeships in north Wales.
Over the past few months unemployment in Delyn has fluctuated. This is because we have not seen the continual investment into our infrastructure – such as broadband – or the support needed by local businesses to employ people leaving school.
I have been campaigning hard to ensure that Delyn, and north Wales as a whole, receive the investment we need and deserve. The Mersey-Dee Alliance continues to meet and pressure the Government for investment. This will bring more and better quality jobs.