Todays news that unemployment in Wales has risen by 10,000, taking the total to 122,000, comes as no surprise .
The jobless rate is now 8.4%, which means Wales continues to have the highest percentage of the four UK nations, according to Labour Market Statistics.
The figures are even more worrying when you consider that Wales' is so highly dependent on the public sector and the full effect of the coalition cuts have not be felt yet.
This story coincides with the government has announcement of locations for new "enterprise zones" in England to try to boost economic growth.
Ministers said 30,000 new jobs would be created by 2015 by giving cheaper business rates, superfast broadband and lower levels of planning control.
New zones were announced at sites in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gosport, Norfolk, Hereford, Kent and Oxfordshire.
So two of these Zones plus the Zones which have already announced for Bristol and Liverpool will have a direct effect on the Welsh economy as they will attract industries that may have come closer to home.
Don't get me wrong. I have very little faith that enterprise Zones do not so much as move jobs from area to another and have very little influence in raising unemployment in the UK as a whole. But clearly unless our Lethargic Assembly doesn't come with an ambitious and radical strategic plan for creating jobs in Wales then we will lose out to the English enteprise Zones in the the near future at least for a decade.
Could the reason for this lethargy be because the Labour Welsh Government have no idea what to do. If this is so then its time to bring in coalition partners to beef things up.
Of course it could well be that with a ConLib government in Westminster then Labour, have reasoned that it the Westminster government who will get the blame for the rise in unemployment and rather than come up with ideas that may be controversial the best option for Labour is to nothing.
But what of potential coalition partners? Neither Plaid nor the Liberal Democrats have really advanced radical ideas to bring employment to Wales and the unemployment blackspots and we may have to wait for the former to elect its new leader before it gets into gear.
Whatever any of the Welsh parties do creating enterprise Zones which bring in companies for a few years only for them to move again when the subsidies end and they move off to a country with a better offer.
As this Blog as argued from its beginning we need to create cooperative movements throughout Wales based on local needs . Indeed we need a minster for Coopratives who will lead a department that wil aid those wishing to enter a venture. Now would't that be the perfect post for Leanne Wood in a Lab/Plaid coalition?
At first this will not result in a dramatic rise in employment, but it will be sustainable growth and is not preferable to create 50000 jobs over 10 years that not only remain but are steadily growing or 10000 jobs over 5 years of the type that LG promised that are gone with a change in the market in the same time?