The unemployment rate in Wales rose slightly to 3.1 per cent between May and July, latest figures show.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) there are currently around 46,000 people who are unemployed in Wales.

This marks a slight rise on previous months this year and returns to the same unemployment rate found in Wales between February and April.

The UK unemployment rate of 4.1 per cent is the highest for two years – the biggest fall in employment was among those aged between 16 and 24.

In Carmarthenshire, 13,530 households were claiming Universal Credits in August – an increase of 286 from July’s figures.

Ammanford Job centre staff have urged those looking for work to visit the Job Help website at

A spokesperson said: “Our Jobcentre work coaches are working hard to support all people claiming universal credit during these unprecedented times.

“Jobs currently on offer locally included, the new Starbuck’s drive-thru in Carmarthen, Hermes and Tesco are both recruiting across Carmarthenshire and Dawn Meats in Cross Hands is looking for packers.”

Commenting on the latest Labour Market Statistics, minister for economy, transport and north Wales, Ken Skates said: “We know that coronavirus is having a real impact on our economy and placing unprecedented challenges on our business community, but it is encouraging that Wales’ unemployment rate remains below the UK rate.

“As a Welsh Government, we continue to do all we can to support firms and workers across Wales and our £1.7bn package of business support has been crucial to that effort. Latest figures show our Economic Resilience Fund has now helped protect more than 10,000 jobs that could otherwise have been lost as a result of the pandemic and has provided nearly £300 million of financial support to 13,000 businesses at the time they needed it most.

“These are incredibly difficult days, but the Welsh Government will continue to back businesses, workers and support those looking for employment, training or wanting to start their own business. It’s crucial the UK Government plays its part and we continue to urge them to extend the vital furlough scheme to protect jobs and livelihoods.”