Given that we have two very different governments at a UK and Welsh level both trying to claim credit for any good news on jobs and blame the other for the bad news on increasing dole queues, what does this latest release tell us?
- First of all, 126,000 people are currently unemployed, a slight increase on last month but a decrease of 7,000 on a year ago. The unemployment rate of 8.7 per cent is the highest of all four of the home nations.
- In terms of employment, there are currently 1.327 million employed in Wales. This is a slight increase on last month but 20,000 higher than a year ago. However, the employment rate of 67.5 per cent remains the third lowest of the UK regions after the North East of England and Northern Ireland.
- Economic inactivity remains at 490,000 - no change from a year ago (i.e. 26 % of the working age population)
- Finally, the claimant count has gone down from 77,700 to 70,300 in the last year, a decrease of 10 per cent over the previous 12 months. Youth claimant count remains 11 per cent lower than in February 2010.