Four Jobseekers For Every Vacancy in Wales

February 10, 2009 12:00 AM

The number of people on Jobseekers in Wales is four times higher than the number of jobs available, the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

The figures, revealed through Parliamentary Questions, also show that:

• There are 6 Welsh constituencies in which Jobseekers outnumber vacancies by more than 10 to 1.

• There are 16 Welsh constituencies in which Jobseekers outnumber vacancies by more than 5 to 1 - 14 of which have Labour MPs

Commenting, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"These figures underline just how badly hit Wales is by the unemployment crisis.

"Gordon Brown can talk about there being half a million vacancies all he wants, but if they aren't being advertised and they're not in the areas they're needed, they aren't going to be much help.

"Some parts of Wales are looking increasingly desperate with over 10 Jobseekers for each vacancy.

"Rather than provide help when it is needed, ministers have closed almost 50 Jobcentres across Wales over the last five years alone.

"We need to ensure that Jobcentres are easily accessible for the public and that they offer access to all the jobs available."

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