Plaid Cymru warns of a generation ‘lost’ to unemployment


Rising youth unemployment will create ‘lost generation’

In a debate in teh Assembly, Plaid Cymru highlighted the plight of young people out of work due to the economic crisis and called on the Labour Welsh Government to take comprehensive action to support them.

Plaid Cymru has consistently raised concerns that the Welsh economy is in a critical state, and figures released this week show that the number of young unemployed has increased in 97% of areas in the UK, with two Welsh local authority areas among the ‘top five’ for youth unemployment in the UK.

Plaid AMs will call on Labour to bring forward capital projects to boost the construction sector and create jobs in order to respond effectively to the economic crisis, deal with the problems faced by the manufacturing sector, and tackle youth unemployment.

Plaid Cymru’s Economy Spokesperson Alun Ffred Jones said:

“The lack of urgency and lack of planning from the Labour Government in the face of worsening economic conditions and growing unemployment is a disgrace. One area in which the government can make a clear difference is the construction industry, which in turn can stimulate other parts of the economy and create employment and training opportunities. So far the Labour government has sat on its hands and displayed shocking complacency.

“Unemployment, and youth unemployment particularly, continues to rise, and yet we are still waiting for Labour to begin projects that are crucial for job creation. Plaid Cymru brought forward plans to create up to 50,000 jobs as part of a scheme that would build schools and hospitals – yet Labour seems content to sit back and leave our communities exposed to the worst effects of the economic crisis.”