Regional unemployment fiugures between October and December were as follows:
- North East: 130,000 (minus 3,000) 10%
- North West: 277,000 (minus 6,000) 8.1%
- Yorkshire/Humber: 240,000 (minus 8,000) 8.6%
- East Midlands: 162,000 (minus 4,000) 6.9%
- West Midlands: 226,000 (minus 31,000) 8.3%
- East of England: 180,000 (minus 1,000) 5.7%
- London: 351,000 (minus 25,000) 8.1%
- South East: 233,000 (minus 37,000) 5.1%
- South West: 177,000 (plus 3,000) 6.5%
- Wales: 105,000 (minus 12,000) 7.1%
- Scotland: 195,000 (minus 3,000) 7.1%
- Northern Ireland: 64,000 (plus 1,000) 7.4%
Carwyn Jones has welcomed the news that the unemployment rate in Wales is now below the UK average.
The First Minister says the latest figures are "clear evidence" for their success of Welsh Government policies.
Unemployment is now lower in Wales than the UK as a whole.
Youth unemployment is also below the UK average, with a dramatic 22.5 per cent reduction in the number of 16-17 year olds without work in Wales over the past 12 months compared to a drop of just 1.2 per cent in the rest of the UK.
– Carwyn Jones, First Minister
These figures are clear evidence that our policies are ensuing our economic recovery is faster and stronger than in the rest of the UK.
The announcement by Pinewood Studios earlier this week shows that Wales is now seen as the default location for quality inward investment projects. We will continue to build on this success and continue to provide practical and effective support to grow businesses in Wales.
The unemployment rate in Wales is now below the UK average.
While the jobless rate here has fallen from 7.2 per cent to 7.1 per cent - it has gone the other way for the UK as a whole, according to official figures released today.
In the final three months of 2013, 105,000 people were out of work in Wales - a drop of 12,000 from the previous three-month period.