Official ONS figures show that in Wales, there are 1,499,942 people in work – meaning that, under the Conservatives, 162,634 more people have been able to access the security of a job.
The figures show that the number of people with a job has reached a record high – including a record number of women and disabled people in work – meaning more people than ever before have the economic independence that a job brings and can reach their full potential. And with wages rising at their fastest pace in 11 years – ahead of inflation – people’s pay packets can go further.
In Newport, the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 1,059 since 2010 – an overall reduction of 21 per cent.
Behind every employment number is a person and a family whose self-esteem, mental wellbeing, economic circumstances and life chances are all vastly improved by being in the workplace.
Mohammad Asghar AM has welcomed these figures, saying:
“These figures show that the Conservatives are providing a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s economic future.
“More people are in work than ever before, and with average wages increasing ahead of prices, pay cheques can go further.
“Labour can’t be trusted to handle the economy – just like last time, they’d leave us with more debt, higher taxes and fewer jobs, hitting ordinary working people and hurting the people they claim to help.”