Plaid responds to unemployment statistics


Call for swift and decisive action to boost economy


Plaid Cymru Economy spokesperson, Alun Ffred Jones AM, has said that a slight improvement in unemployment figures today (Wednesday 18th January) brings hope that the jobs crisis in Wales is bottoming out. However he warned that the economic outlook is still bleak and called on the UK and Welsh governments to act swiftly and decisively to stimulate growth and create new employment.


Plaid Economy Spokesperson Alun Ffred Jones AM said:


"We can only hope that the latest unemployment figures suggest that Wales’s jobs crisis is bottoming out.  However the economic outlook for communities across Wales is still bleak with unemployment levels here still significantly higher than the UK average.  The fact is that there are still 7,000 people more in unemployment now than there were at this time last year. 


"Plaid Cymru is calling for swift and decisive action from both the UK and Welsh governments in order to stimulate growth, create new employment and protect jobs.  The truth is that all 3 UK parties: Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems, have it within their power to take action to help people in these worrying times.  Plaid Cymru will continue to press for action to be taken to protect the people of Wales from the economic crisis."