THE number of benefit claimants in Flintshire and Wrexham has remained stable, new statistics have shown.
In Flintshire the level of benefit claimants declined by 0.1 per cent in the last year, while a 0.1 per cent increase has been seen in Wrexham.
The figures, compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and released yesterday, showed that 1,000 more people in Wales found themselves out of work in the last three months.
There were 2,906 benefits claimants in Flintshire and 3,200 in Wrexham when the last count was taken on July 11. This represents three per cent of Flintshire residents and 3.7 per cent of people living in Wrexham aged between 16
Delyn MP David Hanson has also expressed his concern about these figures, and also those of youth unemployment in his own constituency.
He said: “I’m concerned unemployment hasn’t fallen significantly over the past 12 months. It still seems that certain parts of the Flintshire economy are doing very well, but there is still a continuing problem with residual unemployment and we need further acceleration to kick start the economy so that more jobs can be created.”
He said the level of unemployment for people between people aged 18 and 24 in Delyn had risen from 7.2 per cent to 7.6 per cent.
Mr Hanson added: “I am particularly concerned that in the week people get their exam results and people are leaving schools, that youth unemployment has risen significantly in the last month.”
In both Wrexham and Flintshire there has been an increase in the amount of women out of work compared to figures released last year.
A total of 23 more women were out of work in Flintshire, while 52 more women were now jobless in Wrexham.
The number of unemployed men has decreased in Flintshire by 99, while figures for men in Wrexham has remained the same.