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Figures reveal drop in house prices in Wales

The average Welsh home costs around £160,000 Credit: Michael Walter/PA Archive/Press Association Images

House prices in Wales fell by 0.7% in the 12 months to July, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That compares with a 3.7% rise in England, a 2.0% fall in Scotland and 1.8% rise in Northern Ireland.

The average house price here stands at around £160,000.

Latest unemployment figures due out today

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The latest unemployment figures are due to be released by the Office for National Statistics later this morning.

Last month's figures revealed unemployment had risen in Wales, increasing by a thousand to 122,000 in the three months to June - a rate of 8.2 per cent.

But across the UK unemployment had fallen, standing at 2.5 million (7.8 per cent).

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Census: Cardiff most ethnically diverse

  • 93% of people in Wales were in the 'White: British / Welsh / Scottish / Northern Irish / British' ethnic group
  • 97% of people in Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly were in that 'White...British' ethnic group - the highest local authorities in Wales
  • 80% of people in Cardiff were in that 'White...British' ethnic group - the lowest local authority in Wales

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Census: Wales in poor health

The census figures show Wales compares badly with England in terms of people's healthiness.

  • 8 of the top 10 local authorities with the highest proportion of residents who said they are in 'very bad health' are in Wales
  • 78% of people in Wales described themselves as in 'good or very good health' - compared to 81% in England
  • 23% of people in Wales had an activity-limiting long-term illness - compared to 18% in England

Census: Welsh language users fall

The number of people in Wales who can speak, read and write in the Welsh language has fallen over the last ten years. It dropped by 27,000, according to census figures released this morning.

  • In 2001 - 458,000 aged 3 and over could speak, read and write Welsh
  • In 2011 - 431,000 aged 3 and over could speak, read and write Welsh

According to the 2011 figures:

  • 30% of Welsh speakers are under the age of 16
  • 80% of people aged 45 to 49 said they had 'no skills in Welsh'

Census figures: "It's important for Welsh speakers to be counted"

Today's census figures will focus on international migration, ethnic groups and religion - and the Welsh language.

Some parents like Rhian Cecil hope it'll lead to more Welsh medium and bilingual schools over the next ten years.

"It's really important for us as Welsh speakers to be stood up and counted".

"Hopefully all the figures can help local councils create more provision".

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