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Unemployment rate in Wales lower than UK average

The unemployment rate in Wales remains lower than the UK average, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The unemployment rate in Wales remains lower than the UK average. Credit: PA

The figures also reveal that the employment level in Wales has increased by 11,000 over the past year.

The statistics show:

  • The employment level in Wales is up 2,000 over the quarter to 1.451 million. Over the year, the level increased by 11,000.
  • Total employment for the UK rose by 92,000 over the quarter to 31,854 million - a joint record high.
  • Total UK unemployment decreased by 31,000 over the quarter to 1.584 million - It has not been lower since June to August 1975.

The Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, says he welcomes the latest statistics.

The increase in employment level in Wales highlights business confidence in the Welsh economy and its ability to face the challenges ahead. Wales continues to lead the way. Over the past year, the employment rate has grown faster in Wales than any other region of the UK and economic inactivity has fallen faster than the UK average. Wales continues to show that it's a great place for businesses to thrive and we the UK Government will continue to build and maintain relationships in order to create the right conditions for growth.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary