‘Unemployment figures a good sign, but more must be done’– Eluned Parrott

2012 Mehefin 20 11:48 AM

In response to new unemployment figures released today, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for more investment in education, training and economic development to help tackle unemployment, particularly amongst young people.

Statistics show that unemployment in Wales fell by around 2,000 from February to May.

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Enterprise and Business, commented:

"These figures are good news, but a reminder that governments at both ends of the M4 must do more.

"We've seen in the last few days jobs lost from Unilever and other firms as well as continued turmoil in the Eurozone, which is denting business confidence and discouraging businesses from recruiting staff.

"The Welsh Government have tinkered around the edges of our economic problems, but just haven't grasped the scale of the challenge we face. We have no decisions on business rates, no strategy for manufacturing and no sign of progress towards delivering on the vague promises in the much-vaunted Programme for Government.

"We need to give young people as much support as possible once they leave education, and we need to see steps to prevent even more youngsters becoming economically inactive.

"We need to be equipping our young people with the essential skills that will assist them in gaining work once they are leaving education. At the moment, this isn't happening, and we risk seeing a generation facing adulthood without work, without purpose and without hope.

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