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Welsh unemployment rate gap a cause for concern - Eluned Parrott

Figures released today showing an increasing gap in unemployment rates between Wales and the UK average are a cause for concern, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said.

While the UK economy is continuing to grow and more people are in work than ever before thanks to the work of Liberal Democrats in the UK Government, the growing trend is that Welsh employment is growing slower than the UK average.

Unemployment in Wales has fallen by just 0.1% in the last quarter, compared to a fall of 0.4% across the UK as a whole. Compared to this time last year, unemployment in Wales is down 1.5%, compared to 1.7% across the UK as a whole.

Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister, said:

"Whilst unemployment in Wales has fallen yet again, it is continuing to fall at a much slower rate than the UK as a whole, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We must ask why 6.5% of our workforce is out of work and why other parts of the UK are continuing to recover faster.

"Thanks to the decisive action taken by Liberal Democrats in Westminster, the UK economy is growing and more people are in work. Under Labour, the Welsh economy is stagnating and we're falling behind.

"The Welsh Labour Government should stop wasting money on inefficient schemes like Jobs Growth Wales and reinvest the money to tackle the issue of long-term unemployment that Wales faces, or risk leaving another generation behind."

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