The Welsh unemployment rate has risen by 3,000 over the last quarter, new figures released today show. This is the largest rise in unemployment of any UK region.
Statistics published by ONS show that compared to last year the Welsh unemployment rate rose by 0.2%, whereas it fell in every English region outside of London.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister Eluned Parrott AM said:
“Unemployment has constantly been falling across the UK as a whole, but once again Wales is lagging behind.
“This Labour Government has serious answers to give about why our unemployment figures are so consistently poor compared to the rest of the UK.
“We need to address the fundamental problems in our economy. We need to find out why the unemployment rate is falling significantly faster just over the border in the West Midlands for example, where the unemployment rate fell by 5,000 over the same period.
“Across the UK we have seen unemployment fall. In government, Liberal Democrats created almost two million apprenticeship places which means two million people have started to earn a living and pay their way while learning valuable and transferable skills which will stay with them. Here in Wales there is no major apprenticeship program and we are seeing the results of that today. This Labour Government needs to redouble its efforts to reduce unemployment in Wales, especially for the long term unemployed. Its job creation schemes remain badly targeted and lack ambition.”