Remember the hidden jobless - Llandovery charity
7:00am Saturday 13th April 2013 in News
PRIME Cymru, the Llandovery-based charity established to assist people over 50-years-old to become and remain economically active, has called upon the Welsh Government to take urgent action to address the “hidden generation” of jobless people.
In 2007, the One Wales policy document had a target of 80 per cent employment level for the Welsh economy. The employment rate for people between fifty and state pension age in Carmarthenshire is 64.5 per cent.
There are currently over 13,000 older people who are jobless in Carmarthenshire.
Older jobseekers are twice as likely to still be out of work after 12 months than any other group.
David Pugh, chief executive of PRIME Cymru, said: “We welcome the slow but steady increase in older workers in employment.
“However, if the Welsh Government had reached their 80 per cent target, a further 5,820 older workers would be in employment in Carmarthenshire.
“Without major investment and support for older workers to become and remain economically active, the Welsh Government will never reach their target.”
In recent years, PRIME Cymru has helped over 7,000 older people into economic activity.
Anyone who would like to become a mentor or would like some assistance can contact PRIME Cymru free on 0800 5874085 or
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