I welcome the news that there has been a small decline unemployment in the constituency. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn in May 2018 was 985. However, unemployment remains higher than it did at the start of 2018.
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 February to April 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 265 higher than May 2017 and 50 lower than April 2018.
There were 220 claimants aged 18-24 in May 2018, 45 higher than May 2017.
After seven consecutive months of unemployment rising in Delyn I welcome this fall. But that is not to say that I expect unemployment to continue to fall. In the past three weeks we have seen the retail sector – Britain’s largest private employer – face difficult times. If we don’t see a comprehensive strategy put in place by the UK Government to help the world of retail we could see more jobs lost.
The Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council are investing into Delyn. They are supporting businesses and helping people thrive when the UK Government turns its back. But we are having to work in tough economic conditions caused by the UK Government’s ineptitude. They have continued with their ideological austerity and pulled out from investment programmes across Wales.
Time and time again it has been shown that the only way to support long-lasting economic growth is to provide people with decent jobs. I have often raised my worries over the number of zero-hours contracts. We have seen large employers use their negotiating might to water down people’s terms and conditions at work for their own benefit. This is clearly not right and a Labour Government would take action to halt these wild west business practices.