Plaid Cymru welcomes fall in unemployment figures


Plaid Cymru has welcomed news that unemployment in Wales is falling at a faster rate than other parts of the UK. The most recent figures showed that unemployment fell by 0.8% between February and April while the economy was under the stewardship of Plaid Cymru. 

Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for the Economy, Alun Ffred Jones AM, warned that even against the backdrop of this good news the new Labour Welsh government couldn’t allow itself to become complacent. The Arfon AM said that the Economic renewal Programme that was put in place by Plaid Cymru was beginning to bear fruit but greater action was still needed. Mr Jones, himself a former Welsh Government Minister, has called on Labour to support Plaid Cymru’s innovative proposals for a Build4Wales company that could create up to 50,000 jobs and ensure capital investment in schools, roads and hospitals.

Alun Ffred Jones AM, said:

"What this improvement shows is that, while there is work still to be done, the excellent works that Ieuan Wyn Jones did as Minister for the Economy, especially in delivering the Economic Renewal Programme, is paying off. Thanks to the work of Plaid in government, unemployment has dropped more sharply here than anywhere else in the UK. This will give confidence to Welsh businesses and people seeking employment. 

"However Carwyn Jones and the new Labour administration can not get complacent. We know that there are still huge cuts on the way from the Tories and Lib Dems in Westminster. Labour promised to be a shield against all these cuts and their record over the coming months and years in living up to that pledge will be under intense scrutiny.

"It is important that the strong platform Plaid Cymru has provided is used as a springboard to greater success. One way to do that would be for Labour to come forward with innovative ideas about how to stimulate the economy. Plaid Cymru’s proposals for a Build4Wales company is one way to ensure investment in capital spending for schools, roads and hospitals as a form of job creation.  Hopefully labour will accept they got it wrong when they rubbished that idea and work constructively with us to develop it. If not then the pressure will be on them to provide an alternative proposal to help people back into work and grow our economy."