The Welsh economic inactivity rate has risen over the last year in sharp contrast to other parts of the UK where it has fallen new figures released this week show.
Statistics published by ONS show that compared to last year Welsh economic inactivity has grown and under almost every measure Wales is underperforming when compared to England and the United Kingdom as a whole.
Across the UK as a whole there are 102,000 fewer unemployed people compared to the last quarter.
Wales has the second highest rate of economic inactivity in the UK with the rate of economic inactivity having grown over the last twelve months.
Unemployment continues to fall, which is of course welcome, but Wales seems to be stagnating. The question that is asked every month is why is Wales still underperforming after 15 years of a Labour government?
The Welsh Labour Government needs to redouble its efforts to reduce unemployment in Wales, especially for the long term unemployed. Its job creation schemes remain badly targeted and lack ambition.
The progress made in England under the Coalition Government is not being repeated here in Wales due to poor economic management by the Labour Party in Wales over the last decade or so.