The Office for National Statistics has today released labour market data for the nations and regions of the UK.
Wales-specific data for January to March 2022 shows a -0.4% change in employment and -0.1% change in the inactivity rate since October to December 2021.
Reacting to the latest employment statistics, Welsh Shadow Minister for Economy, Paul Davies MS, said:
“There are some welcome numbers released today. The number of payrolled employees has continued to increase in all regions and nations of the United Kingdom, and there has also been a decrease in the unemployment rate across the UK compared with the same period last year.
“However, there is more that Labour Ministers in Cardiff Bay can do to stimulate growth and employment. Under a Labour Government, Wales has the highest business rates in Great Britain and gross weekly pay for full-time workers is sixty pounds less than in Scotland.
“We want the Welsh Government to take a more business-friendly approach and work with the UK Government to fully maximise the levelling-up agenda to ensure jobs and prosperity for all in Wales.”