Wales is the only part of the UK to show an increase in unemployment since last year, a report published today shows.
Statistics published by the ONS show that unemployment in Wales increased by 4,000 since the last quarter.
And whilst total unemployment in the UK is down 198,000 since last year, in Wales it is actually up by 2,000.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister Eluned Parrott AM said:
“Clearly there something systematically wrong with the way we are doing things in Wales. If both the North West of England and the West Midlands can reduce unemployment by 44,000 in a year, then why can’t we?
“There’s clearly something fundamentally wrong with the way we are managing our economy, and the blame for that rests squarely with the Welsh Labour Government.
“Month after month we are presented with depressing statistics that show Wales continues to lag behind the rest of the UK, yet nothing seems to be done.
“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 and there is very little in the way of help or advice for older workers to retrain and reskill if they find themselves unemployed.”