Borders jobless rate falls

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  A man walks past a job centre on April 13, 2011 in London, England. Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have revealed that unemployment in the UK has fallen for the first time since last Autumn to 2.48 million, a drop of 17,000.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A man walks past a job centre on April 13, 2011 in London, England. Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have revealed that unemployment in the UK has fallen for the first time since last Autumn to 2.48 million, a drop of 17,000. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

MP Michael Moore has welcomed another recent drop in local unemployment as figures show hundreds more people in work compared to the same time last year.

Figures released this week show a drop of 491 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in December in Mr Moore’s Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency compared to December 2013. This means that the JSA claimant rate in the Borders stands at 2.2% with 1,010 people in the Borders receiving the support.

Mr Moore said: “I am glad to see that compared to last year, hundreds more people are back in work in the Borders.

“But for many people things remain tough, whether in work or not. I continue to work hard to support people in these circumstances and believe the UK Government’s £700 tax cut for people on low incomes, rising to £825 this April, has been hugely important.

Across Scotland 158,000 people were out of work at the start of December 2014.