Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Economy, writes...
Liberal Democrats in the UK Government are building a stronger economy and today we can see what that means for people in Wales.
The Liberal Democrats' overarching goal when forming the Coalition Government was to get our economy back on track. These figures are further proof that the measures taken by the Coalition Government are working.
Unemployment figures published today show that Welsh unemployment is matching the UK average of 6.8%. This is good news - Wales has lagged behind the UK for too long. The Welsh Government, working with the UK Government, must now keep up the pressure on this vital issue and ensure that this good news becomes the norm rather than the exception. There is no reason why Wales should slip behind the UK again.
While this fall in unemployment is promising, there can be no room for complacency. There is a still a long way to go as many people are still struggling to find work. The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to see Welsh businesses thrive and have the confidence to take on more staff. For that to happen, we need both the UK and Welsh governments working constructively together for the people of Wales.