Borders MP Michael Moore has welcomed the news that unemployment in the Scottish Borders has fallen to a rate of just 3.1 per cent.
Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of unemployed claimants in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency in April 2014 to be 1,468 people.
That number is 425 lower than in April 2013 and 94 lower than in March 2014.
Commenting on the drop in joblessness, Michael Moore MP said: “The drop in unemployment in the Borders is good news for those trying to find work in the local area, and shows that the job market is starting to return to pre-recession levels after some difficult years.
“The employment market has been supported by the Government’s campaign to increase job opportunities for young people by helping to create apprenticeships.
“The hard work of local employers in the Borders is beginning to pay off. However, we must remember that both the local economy and job market are still fragile and there is still a lot more work to be done.”
The Scottish labour market continues to outperform the UK as a whole.
Employment levels nationally are at their highest since records began in 1992, with 2,585,000 people over 16 now employed in Scotland, according to labour market figures released by the ONS covering the period January – March 2014. After increasing by 29,000 over the quarter, the employment level has now increased for 15 consecutive monthly releases.
Both the rise in the employment rate and the fall in the unemployment rate of 0.7 per cent in Scotland over the quarter has been stronger than in the UK as a whole. Over the year, while the employment rate in the UK has increased by 1.3 per cent, in Scotland the employment rate increased by 1.7 per cent.
There are now 38,000 more women in employment than a year ago, and at 69.4%, the female employment rate in Scotland is a full 1.7 per cent higher than the UK’s. ti si also estimated to be on eof the highest rates of female emplyment in the EU.
In addition to this the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has now fallen every month for 18 consecutive months and is at its lowest level since December 2008.