Claimant count falls across Wales but rises in Swansea and Carmarthenshire
THE number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen across Wales but risen in Swansea and Carmarthenshire.
The claimant count across Wales fell from 79,500 in July to 79,300 in August.
However, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has continued to rise in Swansea and Carmarthenshire.
The claimant count in Swansea rose from 5,435 in July to 5,567 in August.
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Carmarthenshire also saw a similar increase as the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose from 3,508 in July to 3,624 in August.
Neath Port Talbot fared better as the claimant count fell from 3,300 in July to 3,251 in August.
The number of unemployed people across Wales rose by 1,000 from May to July up to a total of 132,000.
The number of people in work across Wales also rose by 25,500 in the same period and now stands at 1,357,000.
Janet Jones, Welsh Policy Unit Chair for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "A slight increase in the number of unemployed in Wales is disappointing and demonstrates the continued fragility of the employment market.
"But the broader picture, showing an increase in the overall number of employed, demonstrates an element of resilience in the Welsh jobs market and it's for decision-makers in Wales and Westminster to capitalise on this, ensuring that the right conditions exist for continued job creation.
"Our research shows that small firms are crucial to creating jobs - with almost nine in 10 people that find work in the private sector either working for, or starting up, a small business.
"It's therefore crucial that UK-wide policies, such as extending the National Insurance Contributions holiday, are adopted to give small firms the confidence to create full-time positions and take on staff.
"We also reiterate our calls to the Welsh Government to ensure that schemes and financial support, including Jobs Growth Wales, result in sustainable employment opportunities that quicken the route to economic recovery."