Employment figures up while JSA claims falling

Election Husting at Duns Parish Church for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat. 'Consevative candidate John Lamont
Election Husting at Duns Parish Church for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat. 'Consevative candidate John Lamont

New official figures show employment in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire has risen by 5,000 under the coalition UK Government.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show employment in the constituency is now at 35,000 or 79.7%. This is a rise of 5,000 since May 2011.

There are currently 882 Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire. This is a fall of 333 or 27% since May 2011.

John Lamont, Conservative MSP said: “These figures show the Government’s economic plan is working and helping to build a stronger, healthier Borders economy.

“Policies like tax cuts for businesses, the cap on benefits and cuts to income tax for those on low incomes means more and more Borderers are moving into work and more households now have the security of a pay packet.”