Unemployment in Wales increased by 5,000 to 64,000 between June and August, the increase of 0.4% took the overall rate to 4.2%.
The South West of England continued to record the lowest rate at 2.4% with the UK rate at 3.9%. The highest rate was 5.8% which was recorded in the North East of England.
The South West also had the highest employment rate at 81.0% which compared with 74.1% in Wales. UK employment was estimated at 75.9%.
Welsh average property prices increased by 2.3% to £168,318, which took annual growth to 4.5% which was the highest in the UK. In comparison, UK prices grew by 0.8% to £234,853 during August, an annual growth rate of 1.3%.
Analysis by the BBC has found workers living in coastal communities in Great Britain earn on average £1,600 less per year than those living inland. Since 2010 wages fell by c20% in real terms in Delyn the fifth biggest faller in the UK.
In seaside towns median wages were £22,104 compared with £23,785 in non-coastal areas.
The ONS’s Personal Well-being (or Happiness) Index has ranked Wales eighth out of the 12 UK ‘regions’ in terms of improved happiness since the last survey. Overall though, the Northern Irish were still...