Wales

Number of jobless Welsh homes up but UK down, says ONS

The number of jobless households in Wales is increasing, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

However, most regions across the UK have reported a drop in the number of jobless homes.

Between April and June this year 21.6% of homes in Wales were workless, up nearly 2% on the same period in 2011.

A Welsh government spokesman said the figures can be "volatile" over the short term.

He added: "The longer term picture shows that since devolution, the percentage of people in workless households in Wales has fallen by more than twice that of the UK as a whole."

The north east of England had the highest percentage of jobless homes - 24.5%.

'Difficult times'

The ONS figures show between April and June this year the average number of UK homes where no one, aged 16-64, worked was 17.9%.

That was down more than 0.8% on last year.

The percentage of homes where all adults worked across the UK worked was down 0.3% on last year to 53%.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said: "The figures for Wales show that for many parts of the country, times are still difficult, and the government is committed to helping local businesses and getting growth back into the economy."

The spokesman added the government had a number of programmes running to help people of all ages skills to help them back to work.

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