Unemployment July 2018

I am concerned that unemployment in Delyn has increased once more. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in July 2018 was 995.

This represents a rate of 3.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in April to June 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 260 higher than July 2017 and 20 higher than June 2018.

There were 220 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 45 higher than July 2017.

It is clear that last month’s decline in unemployment was a blip and not a long-term trend. We have seen unemployment steadily rise in Delyn for months. What concerns me is that the UK Government constantly waxes lyrical about how low unemployment is, but they are not taking note of the problems they are causing in North Wales. They are leaving us behind the rest the of the country.

Not only have we got increasing numbers of people without work, but we have a burgeoning number of people who are now on zero-hours contracts or agency work. This means that people have fewer rights at work, including unpaid holiday leave and restrictions on sick pay. We need decent jobs not these low paid ones.

We are a community built on a hard day’s work for a decent day’s pay. We are a county that helped produce the best steel in the world and built what Britain is today. It is time that we got a Government that supported us in reclaiming decent jobs so that our children have a more prosperous future.

The Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council are working hard to make the North Wales Growth Bid a reality, but the actions of the UK Government are putting it at risk. We need to see a national government who supports the work of our Welsh Government and council, not put in place obstacles.