The latest employment figures published by the Office for National Statistics today (14 August) show that Wales is on the right path to economic recovery, said the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones.
The figures show that employment in Wales continues its upward trend, with 5,000 more people finding employment over the last quarter. There are now 21,000 more people in work in Wales that at this time last year. Across the United Kingdom as a whole, there are more people in employment than ever before.
While there has been a slight increase in unemployment in Wales over the last quarter, the overall figure is down 4,000 over the year. Moreover, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Wales has fallen for a third consecutive month with 1,800 fewer claimants in July.
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones said:
“Another month of improved employment statistics shows that this Government is setting the conditions for growth and that Wales’ economy is making steady progress from rescue to recovery.
“The message is clear – this Government will continue to support those that want to work as we continue to put the conditions in place to support long-term economic growth across Wales and the rest of the UK.”