Welsh unemployement low in EU despite growth

Feiyi Lin 

NEWPICTURE6000 more people in Wales were out of work during the last quarter of 2012, Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

Welsh Secretary David Jones has described the new figure as “disappointing for Wales.”

“An all-Wales approach must be pursued to ensure that Wales’ benefits from the improving labour market picture we see on an UK level,” said Mr Jones.

According to ONS, this shift has pushed the total number of unemployed people in Wales up to 127,000, putting the unemployment rate at 8.6%.

Compared to the same period of 2011, the unemployment rate of Wales has fell by 0.4%.

While at the same time UK as a whole has saw more jobs created and less people out of work, with the workforce growing by 154,000 and the number of jobless people falling by 14,000, a sharp contrast to its Welsh counterparts.

For some, this shows how much for wales to work together with the United Kingdom. It would also suggest that diving Welsh market into different sectors is being too prioritised

The figure for unemployed youth in Wales, ranging from 16 to 24-year-olds, has risen by 11,000 to 974,000, the biggest increase of last year.

Unemployment in Wales is particularly an issue for young generation arriving on the job market in this situation. One of the problems would be a lack of experience.

Given the context of Europe, the situation of Wales, as well as Britain, is much brighter than most European countries, among which Greece and Spain lead the unemployment table with a strikingly high rate of over 26% in last year’s November.

Austria has the lowest unemployment rate of 4.5% across Europe.                        

Bariosz, a 30-year-old Polish who immigrated to Britain two years ago, has been seeking for a job in Cardiff for 6 months.

He said, “There are not many jobs available for me there, but I have a wife and a daughter.”

“I have spent too much money in seeking jobs and now I am waiting for a job seeker allowance,” said Bariosz.

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