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Unemployment in Wales falls by 9,000

Published in News on Wednesday July 13th, 2011. Last updated at 11:01

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Unemployment levels in Wales dropped by 9,000 over the last three months.

Figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions show there are now 115,000, or 7.9% of population, without work – 16,000 lower than the same period last year.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “There continue to be some encouraging signs in the labour market figures, particularly with the continued rise in private sector employment. It’s really important that we continue to support the economy and encourage businesses to invest and create jobs.

“However, we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge that we face to help people into employment. We always said that the road to recovery would be choppy; for people who lose their jobs our new Work Programme is now up and running and will offer jobseekers flexible support tailored to their needs to help them into employment.”

On Tuesday, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith pledged support to Wales’ unemployed during a visit to Caerphilly company Working Links.

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