Statistics released today (Wednesday, February 19) show fewer people in the Borders claiming jobseekers allowance than 12 months ago.
Borders MP Michael Moore has welcomed the announcement of a fall in the overall number of people claiming jobseekers allowance - 3000 fewer in Scotland and UK wide unemployment figures were 125,000 on the same period last year.
In line with the fall in unemployment nationally, there are 226 fewer people claiming jobseekers allowance in the Borders compared with this time last year.
There are now 1,623 people claiming jobseekers allowance in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk - 3.4% of the overall economically active population.
Commenting after the figures were released, Mr Moore said: “I welcome today’s announcement of a fall in the number of people locally who are claiming jobseekers allowance. While this is a step in the right direction, I remain focused on ensuring that local businesses are able to continue to grow and create vacancies for people here in the Borders.
“I remain especially committed to ensuring that our young people have job opportunities and are not forced to leave the area to look for work. I have met with a number of local businesses recently and will continue to engage with them, and with the council, Scottish Enterprise and other officials to ensure that the climate continues to improve locally.”