Unemployment figures in Wales have been described as “extremely disappointing” by business minister Edwina Hart as the total number of jobless here rises to 131,000.
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics for the June to August quarter have the highest unemployment rate for the UK in 15 years, with the total number of unemployed in the UK at its greatest since 1994.
The total number of unemployed in Wales rose 16,000 from March to May 2011, and increase of 13.5%. That’s an increase of 13% from the 2010 Summer quarter.
Reacting to figures Ms Hart said they were disappointing but reflective of a fragile global economy:
“Today’s figures are extremely disappointing and reflect the fragility of the global economy. Whilst many of the macro economic levers are the responsibility of the UK Government we are continuing to do all we can to support businesses in Wales.
“Our new £75m Jobs Growth Wales scheme will create 4,000 jobs a year for three years for young jobseekers across Wales and our extended Adapt programme is targeting people who have lost jobs in the public sector and is helping them to retrain and to get back into work.”
- Read those figures in detail online at ons.gov.uk