Wales unemployment rate falls below UK average

The unemployment rate in Wales is now below the UK average. The jobless rate here has fallen from 7.2 per cent to 7.1 per cent.

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Welsh Govt: Jobless drop evidence our policies working

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.

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.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

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