Wales has the highest inactivity rate in the UK – with just 68.5% of the population part of the workforce, and figures released just this month show no signs of improvement.
The number of people out of work rose by 4,000, totalling 1,367,000, taking the Welsh unemployment rate to 7%, compared to 5.8% for the UK as a whole.
Youth unemployment a real concern
Alarmingly, youth unemployment continues to grow faster in Wales than across the UK.
Welsh Economy Minister, Eluned Pattot, urged the Government to redouble its efforts to reduce unemployment in Wales.
“We need to address the fundamental problems in our economy. We need to find out why the unemployment rate is falling significantly faster just over the border in the West Midlands, for example.”
Job creation schemes need to be more targeted and ambitious, especially for the long term unemployed. Read More