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Unemployment down in Wales

Unemployment is down in Wales - but the UK employment total is the highest since 1971 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Unemployment has fallen in Wales.

Between July and September it decreased by 4,000 to 117,000 - that's a rate of 7.8%.

Youth unemployment level has also seen a decrease of 1,000 over the last month.


Unemployment falls in Wales

Wales' unemployment rate is still above the UK average. Credit: PA

Unemployment has fallen Wales, according to the latest figures, down by 1,000 to 120,000 over the past quarter.

Employment has risen by 11,000 in the same period.

The figures also show that the number of people economically inactive in Wales has fallen by 3,000 over the past three months.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Government said:

"These figures reflect our ongoing commitment to support businesses in Wales. Just last week we announced a programme of capital investment to create 11,000 jobs over three years.

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 we are beginning to see the benefits in Wales.


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).

Youth unemployment to be discussed at job summit

The summit will aim to raise the need to support young people looking for work Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The event will be hosted by Welsh Secretary, David Jones and will feature young people sharing their own experiences of seeking employment.

Businesses including major Welsh employer, Airbus, will be asked to sign a pledge to raise awareness to help support young people into work.

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