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Rise in number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in South West Wales

By SWEPRupertH  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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THE number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen across South West Wales.

In Swansea the claimant count rose from 4,800 in December to 5,263 in January.

The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance also rose in Neath Port Talbot from 2,985 to 3,468 in the same period.

In Carmarthenshire the claimant count rose from 3,467 to 3,625 from December to January.

The news comes as Virgin Media has announced it is looking to create 230 jobs at its centre of excellence in Swansea.

Fresh hopes have also been raised of the possibility of jobs being created again at the Aberpergwm Colliery in the Neath Valley after 290 people were made redundant when the mine was mothballed in December last year.

Hi-tech Llangennech company Hydro Industries is also looking to create 100 jobs over the next three years thanks to a deal signed at a recent trade mission to San Francisco backed by the Welsh Government.

In Wales as a whole the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell from 78,400 in December to 77,500 in January.

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  • weslangdon  |  February 20 2013, 6:55PM

    All the "new" jobs are part time, minimum wage

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 20 2013, 1:53PM

    immigrant1 i'm not sure, you better ask the Tories they seem to think it's a good thing.

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  • immigrant1  |  February 20 2013, 1:22PM

    neathboy - you're right. More people working, but not actually producing anything extra. What are they all doing?

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  • paul0453  |  February 20 2013, 11:48AM

    In the Swansea Council meeting last Thursday, Peter Black, Lib-Dem supporter of the Tory government, said "unemployment is falling". Another Lib-Dem lie. Would he like to comment?

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 20 2013, 10:55AM

    Unemployment across the UK has been falling during the past year. At a time when GDP has been flat this is not necessary a good thing. All that we are getting is more people doing the same, that is to say falling productivity. It's going to take the UK a long time to recover, but we are not going to do it by reducing productivity that's for sure.

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