I am deeply concerned that unemployment in the constituency continued a year on year rise. Latest figures show that unemployment in July 2019 stood at 1,255.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in July 2019 was 1,255.
This represents a rate of 3.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in April to June 2019.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 275 higher than July 2018 and 10 higher than June 2019.
There were 275 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2019, 65 higher than July 2018.
Last week news broke that the UK economy shrunk for the first time since 2012 by -0.2%. Economists noted that the driver for this was the pound sinking to all new lows, the car industry implementing shutdowns and low consumer confidence. The unemployment figures for our constituency show that we are worryingly close to a recession and jobs are already being lost.
Not only does the pound plummeting mean going on holiday becomes more expensive it means that the cost of buying the weekly shop goes up. People have been struggling for years as austerity has continued to hit North East Wales hard.
The Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council have been investing wherever possible – with ever decreasing resources – to support growth in Flintshire, but they are doing so with a detached and uninterested UK Government.
We are a proud area that prides itself upon the idea that a hard day’s work should earn you a decent day’s pay. What we are seeing is jobs being lost due to uncertainty over Brexit – causing the pound to collapse – and employers shutting down works. The next few months will be of the utmost importance for the UK economy. If the UK Government get Brexit wrong, then I fear what may happen next.