Posted: Wed 22nd Jan 2014

Job Seekers Claimants at lowest level In Flintshire since November 2008

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 22nd, 2014

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show unemployment in Wales has fallen to 7.2 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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In Flintshire the number of people claiming job seekers allowance fell to its lowest since November 2008 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

2520 were claiming job seekers allowance in December 2013 – 75 fewer than the previous month, and nearly 500 fewer than December 2012. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

2.6% of people aged between 18 and 64 living in Flintshire claimed JSA versus the UK average 2.9%  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The figures also reveal a positive trend with the younger people, those aged between 18 and 24 and claiming JSA showed a drop of 165 versus December 2012, equivalent to 5.5% of the Flintshire population aged between 18 and 24, the number is still significantly higher than the UK average of 4.9%
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Carwyn Jones First Minister of Wales said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Today’s figures are particularly positive for Wales with employment levels at an historic high and economic inactivity at a record low. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Wales is outperforming the UK as a whole in crucial areas such as youth employment, where unemployment amongst the 16-17 year old and 18-24 year old groups is falling faster in Wales than across other parts of the UK. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“While the damage caused by the UK Government’s failure to respond to the economic downturn has not been fully repaired, today’s employment figures, together with our positive economic output indicators, show that Wales can face 2014 with an increased spirit of optimism and confidence as our economy continues to recover more quickly than most other parts of the UK.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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