Local MP Stephen Crabb has welcomed the latest employment figures as more good news for Preseli Pembrokeshire.
Released by the independent Office for National Statistics, the figures show the total number of unemployed claimants in September was 790 – a fall of 30 from the month previously and a fall of 35 from September 2017. The overall unemployment rate in the UK remains at 4% - the lowest since December 1974.
There was further positive news as there were 60 fewer claimants aged 18-24 in September than the same month last year; 160 in total.
“All of the key employment measurements have been moving in the right direction in Pembrokeshire this year. Many of the local firms I have spoken to in recent months are upbeat and positive about the futures and this is backed up by a commitment to hiring more staff. Some businesses are even talking about a lack of available skills and workers. With average wages also now rising steadily, the outlook for firms and workers is generally good.”