I condemn the 27% rise in unemployment between November 2017 and November 2018. There has been a slight fall month-on-month (October 2018 to November 2018).
The total number of unemployed constituents in Delyn constituency in November was 1,110.
This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.0%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people note claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.1% in August to November 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 300 higher in November 2017 and 5 higher than October 2018.
There were 250 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2018, 65 higher than November 2017.
However, unemployment over the last twelve months (November 2017 to November 2018) has risen by 27% (305 people).
I welcome the slight decrease in unemployment in Delyn over the past month. However, we cannot ignore the simple fact that unemployment has increased 27% since November 2017. This is harming our towns and villages economic development.
The rise over the past year flies in the face of the hard work of the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council. Flintshire County Council’s investment into affordable housing, and the pledge by the Welsh Assembly to invest £120 million into a North Wales Growth Deal has provided businesses with certainty in uncertain times and protected us against the worst excesses of the UK Government’s policies.
The UK Government is still ignoring North Wales. You only have to see that 1 in 5 people in Delyn have had to use a food bank in the last 3 years and that in some wards, child poverty after housing costs has increased above 40%, to see that the UK Government is neglecting our communities.
All people want is a decent job with a decent day’s wage.