Simon Hart has welcomed new figures today showing a 29% drop in people in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire claiming Jobseeker's Allowance since the last Labour Government and a record level of employment across Wales – with 70,000 more Welsh people enjoying the security of a job than in 2010.
In Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit while not in employment has fallen by 387 - a 29 per cent drop – since 2010.
The figures also show that average pay is up 2.4 per cent while inflation is close to flat. This means working people across Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire are seeing their wages grow and that the Conservatives' plan for a higher-employment and higher-wage economy is working.
Mr Hart said: 'Today's figures are good news for families in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire this Christmas. With employment at a record high – driven by an increase in full-time work – and wages continuing to grow above inflation, our plan for a higher-employment, higher-wage economy is working.
'The figures also show the number of people in our area relying on Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by 29% which is a fantastic achievement.
'Even as we end the year on a high, we cannot rest. Nearly 750,000 job vacancies show we have an opportunity to help even more unemployed people back into work. And with the introduction next year of the National Living Wage and 30 hours free childcare for working families, we will continue to work towards a higher-wage, lower-welfare society with opportunity and security at its heart.'
Simon Hart MP
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