An improved local jobs market

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Unemployment in the Borders fell by 39 between June and July, reflecting the improving jobs situation across Scotland.

Local MP Michael Moore welcomed statistics that showed a drop in the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in his constituency - down from 1,715 to 1,754.

He said: “It is good to see that the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders has dropped again. Every person back in work is a boost to them, their family and the local community so it’s great that there are 39 people back in work in the Borders compared to June.

“There is however no room for complacency because there are still 1,715 Borderers out of work and claiming JSA.

“Over the next few months, I will be working with local businesses to see how we can reduce unemployment even further and give people the opportunities they need to break into the job market through apprenticeships and work experience placements.”

Office for National Statistics figures show the number of people in employment rising by 13,000; up 0.3 percentage points to 72.1 per cent in the three month period April to June 2013 – taking the number of people in employment in Scotland to its highest level in more than four years.

Youth unemployment continues to fall decreasing by 2.0 percentage points over the year to 19.1 per cent. The number of young people unemployed has decreased by 14,000; the ninth consecutive monthly release showing falling youth unemployment.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “I welcome these figures that demonstrate further progress on Scotland’s economy.”