Unemployment: June 2018

I have welcomed the news that there has been a small decline in unemployment in the constituency. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in June 2018 was 970.

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 4.2% in March to May 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 235 higher than June 2017 and 10 lower than May 2018.

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

However, these figures show that youth unemployment has remain stubbornly high at 220 claimants.

Despite these figures showing that unemployment has fallen month-on-month they demonstrate that unemployment is still higher than it was a year ago.

Although I welcome the month-on-month fall in unemployment it still shows the complete failure of the UK Government to get unemployment lower than it was a year ago. Unemployment is still 235 higher than in June 2017 and that is a direct result of their confused approach to government.

The recent splits within the UK Government will do nothing to allay the fears of business owners and may cause a restriction in investment. This will undermine job prosperity in North Wales as businesses chose to sit on reserves instead of investing on a larger workforce. We need a Government who works with employers so that they can provide decent jobs.

I know that the Welsh Government and local council is working hard to provide employment opportunities. Unlike the UK Government they are investing in our towns and villages. This investment drives employment through construction, tourism and supporting industries. They are doing this in the face of financial restraints imposed by the Westminster Government. I will continue to stand up for a fair deal for North East Wales.

We cannot forget that a large number of these jobs, however, will be on zero-hour contracts. These don’t give people the protections they need or a decent days pay. Also, there has been a growing problem with agency work in Delyn. I have been in contact with those who use agency contracts to get to the bottom of their activities and why constituents are not getting the employment protections that they deserve.