The figure revealed this week of the tiny number of top rate taxpayers in Wales - only 4000 people out of a population of 3 million - is part of a picture of economic difficulty in the country.
One of the recommendations in the Silk Commission on the future of Welsh devolution suggests that Cardiff should get more power - and responsibility for raising a quarter of its budget.
The leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, told the Today programme's James Naughtie acknowledged the problem and explained "everything that we do should be about creating jobs."
"We want more business and economic growth," she said.
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