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HE bloated size of the Welsh public sector compared to the rest of the country has been laid bare in new statistics, with the number employed by the sector 7% higher than the rest of the country in 2008.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the average number of employee jobs in the public sector in Wales in 2008 was 27.4%, compared to an average of 20.4% for the rest of Britain.

The estimate for Wales is also above the position previously held for Wales for the third quarter of 2008 in official public sector employment statistics, which had the number at 24.7%, compared to a British average of 19.3%.

Within Wales, public sector employee jobs have increased the most between 2003 and 2008 in Denbighshire, Caerphilly and Bridgend, while the largest falls have been in Flintshire, Torfaen and Ceredigion. Private sector employee jobs have increased the most over this period in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Merthyr Tydfil and the only falls in private sector employee jobs over the period have been in Neath Port Talbot, Monmouthshire and Anglesey.

The highest percentages of public sector employee jobs as a proportion of employee jobs in 2008 were in Merthyr Tydfil, Denbighshire, Swansea and Torfaen, with Merthyr Tydfil the sixth highest of the 408 local authorities in Britain.

The ABI estimates show that the number of employee jobs in the public sector in Wales has increased by 2.4% between 2003 and 2008, below the national average, which was up 4.9%.

Data also revealed that private sector employee jobs in Wales had increased by 8.7%, above the British average, which was up 5.5%.

It comes after statistics from the ONS showed that, while overall public sector employment fell by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2010, the numbers employed by the sector in Wales actually increased by 2,000 jobs (0.6%), beaten only by London which saw a 2.4% increase.

The relative size of the Welsh public sector has attracted fears of a heavy effect on the country of the Government austerity measures, with the number of public sector jobs set to fall.

Wales alone in Britain in seeing an increase in business failures


BUSINESS failures rocketed in Wales last month, while failures everywhere else in the UK fell, figures have revealed.

According to the latest Business Failures Report from business information firm Equifax, the number of failures in Wales was up 75% in August, while the rate of failures in the UK as a whole fell by just over 13%.

Wales also saw the only rise month-on-month in the UK, with a 21.2% spike in businesses going bust since July.

Scotland saw the biggest fall in the number of businesses failing in August, with a 43.5% fall to just 48 folding.

This was less than Wales as a total, despite Scotland having a higher population by more than two million. Wales saw 63 businesses going to the wall, compared to 36 in the same month last year.

Scotland also saw the largest decrease in the UK month on month, from 63 businesses falling in July, a fall of 23.8%.

The south-east of England saw 387 failures in August, compared to 423 in August 2009 and also saw a 2.3% drop from July.

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there are bits of scotland apparently,where the %age of local GDP that is govt based is higher than commie Cuba.

wouldnt surprise me, what with allthe fraud, that some areas, specially int he Northern Rocky Areas..have 125% of GDP comes from the public sector.

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