Benefit claimant count drops across South West Wales
THE number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance dropped across South West Wales from November to December last year.
In Swansea the claimant count dropped from 5,012 in November to 4,800 in December according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance also fell from 3,076 to 2,985 in Neath Port Talbot.
Carmarthenshire also enjoyed a drop in the claimant count as the figure fell from 3,624 in November to 3,467 in December.
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Fast food chain McDonald's has also announced plans to create 85 jobs in Swansea in 2013.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: "A highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing business.
"That's why I am pleased to see how McDonald's is providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills.
"McDonald's is also to be applauded for helping adult employees get qualifications in maths and English.
"Poor literacy and numeracy skills can hold people back in the workplace, which is why the Government has doubled the funding for these core subjects."
The claimant count across Wales dropped from 79,200 in November to 78,900 in December.
There were a total of 124,000 unemployed people in Wales from September to November last year.
This was down from 125,000 from June to August.
Across the UK there are now 2.49million people out of work with 1,557,100 people claiming benefits.