Press release

Welsh Secretary responds to Labour Market Statistics

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The Labour Market Statistics released today (17 September) show that unemployment levels remained unchanged in Wales over the last quarter.

Over the last year, the total number of people out of work in Wales has fallen by 22,000.

In August, youth unemployment fell by 600. The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance also fell by 2,300. This marks the 18th consecutive monthly drop in the claimant count in Wales and is the largest single fall since 1997.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

As a government we are working hard to get more people from all walks of life back into work. It is particularly encouraging to see unemployment amongst young people in Wales continuing to fall.

There remain a great many challenges facing our economy. This is why it is more crucial than ever that we stick to our long-term economic plan to create the right conditions for growth and jobs in Wales.

Mr Crabb said that business confidence was key to enabling this to happen, citing a survey published this week which showed a sharp rise in Welsh SMEs that are planning to increase capital investment in the next 12 months.

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