Claimant count rises across Wales
THE number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has increased across Wales.
The claimant count stood at 79,700 in September which was up from 79,500 in August.
The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Neath Port Talbot also jumped slightly from 3,251 in August to 3,256 in September.
However, Swansea and Carmarthenshire fared better.
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In Swansea the number of people out of work and claiming benefits fell from 5,567 in August to 5,522 in September.
The claimant count also fell in Carmarthenshire from 3,624 in August to 3,606 in September.
The figures follow a tough two months for Swansea which saw the closure of the Aspers casino and La Tasca restuarant on Wind Street with the loss of more than 60 jobs.
A fall in the global price of coal has also, according to mining giant Walter Energy, contributed to a significant loss of jobs at the Aberpergwm Colliery in the Neath Valley where 25 people have already taken voluntary redundancy.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance across the UK fell by 4,000 between August and September to 1,567,300.