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Alun Cairns: "The Work Programme is transforming the lives of those who find it hardest to secure work."
Almost 19,000 people in Wales have escaped long term unemployment and found lasting work thanks to the UK government backed Work Programme.
Launched in 2011, the Work Programme provides personalised support to people who have been out of work for at least nine months and face the most significant barriers to getting a job.
New figures published today (19 March) show that 18,910 people in Wales have started a job thanks to the Work Programme.
Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns said:
The Work Programme is transforming the lives of those who find it hardest to secure work. In the past three and a half years, the programme has led to almost 19,000 people in Wales escaping long term unemployment.
Helping people find and hold proper jobs for the long term is not only good for them but also good for the taxpayer and the Welsh economy.