Wefan Gymraeg

Wales still lags behind rest of UK on reducing unemployment

The Welsh unemployment rate is reducing at a slower rate than any other UK region, new figures released today show.

Statistics published by ONS show that compared to last year the Welsh unemployment rate dropped by just 0.1%, compared to 0.8% in Scotland, 1.5% in Northern Ireland, 1.6% in the North East of England and 1.8% in the West Midlands.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister Eluned Parrott AM said:

“With the Liberal Democrats in Government, we continue to see unemployment fall across the UK.

“While this is welcome, here in Wales we continue to have the slowest growth rate of the whole of the UK, year on year. The Welsh 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.

“We have seen some progress, and that is obviously good news for those who’ve recently found a job. But we still 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.

“What is clear is that even though we’re heading in the right direction by reducing unemployment, the leaps forward made elsewhere in the UK under the Coalition Government are not being repeated here in Wales due to the poor economic management by the Labour Party in Wales over the last decade or so.”

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