Press release

Welsh Secretary responds to Labour Market Statistics

Stephen Crabb MP: "It's good to see unemployment falling again in Wales."

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Unemployment in Wales fell by 6,000 in the 3 months to July 2014 as fewer people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, official figures published today (16 July) show.

The quarterly Labour Market Statistics from the Office for National Statistics also highlighted how youth unemployment in Wales fell by 1,400 in June and by 5,800 during the year.

The figures also showed economic inactivity was up 40,000 compared to the previous quarter.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

It’s good to see unemployment falling again in Wales. I am also particularly encouraged by the fall in youth unemployment. Getting young people onto the jobs ladder is an important objective for us.

The figures show that there is still more work to be done, so it is essential that we stick to our long-term economic plan which is bearing real fruit now for Wales.

As the new Welsh Secretary I am clear that I want every part of Wales to share in this economic recovery.

Read the latest employment figures here

Published 16 July 2014