Unemployment figures for the Vale continue to fall


Unemployment figures have fallen once again in the Vale of Glamorgan, according to the latest figures published for May 2013 by the Office for National Statistics.

The number of unemployed claimants in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency in May was 2,119 - which represents a rate of 4.5 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 - the 310th highest of the 650 UK constituencies (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment).

Overall, the number of claimants is 265 lower than in May 2012 and 70 lower than in April 2013.

Welcoming the improved latest unemployment figures for the Vale, Alun Cairns MP, said:

“This is great news for the Vale of Glamorgan, the number of claimants has reduced significantly in comparison to the same month last year and continues the downward trend over the last six months.

“In my role as a Small Business Ambassador I’m particularly pleased to see that over 1.3 million new private sector jobs have been created in the last three years across the UK.

“I’m keen to make sure that the issues raised with me by small businesses and traders across the Vale are heard in government and that changes can be made to best support our entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their companies.”

“It’s good to see that in Wales the employment rate has increased. I believe that the Welsh Government should work closely with the UK Government to implement measures to secure growth.

“One such proposal was unveiled by Welsh Conservatives earlier this year to improve access to finance for small businesses which would help Welsh businesses to expand and create the jobs our economy needs.”