Unemployment rates drop again

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Local MP Michael Moore has welcomed figures published last week which show another drop in unemployment in his constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

The figures show that in Mr Moore’s constituency the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance in June this year was 1,324.

That is 430 fewer people claiming than over the same period last year.

It is also 50 fewer claimants than in the previous month.

Commenting on the findings, Mr Moore said:“I am glad to hear that there has been another drop in unemployment in my constituency.

“Fifty more people in work compared to May is fifty more people reaching their potential, using their skills and providing for their families. This is great news for them.”

The Liberal Democrat MP and former Secretary of State for Scotland continued: “Over a thousand people on Job Seekers Allowance in the Borders is still far too high and there is much to be done to help these people find work.

“I am continuing to work with the local council and businesses to see what we can do to further tackle unemployment in the constituency.

“One person out of work is one person too many and I am committed to doing all I can as local MP to reduce local unemployment.”

Across all of Scotland, the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell by 2,300 between April and May.

Meanwhile, figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people out of work fell by 7,000 to 183,000 between February and April this year.

The Office for National Statistics currently gives the Scottish jobless rate as 6.6 per cent, which is the same as for the whole of the UK.

Mr Moore’s party has given signs of further narrowing the gender pay gap with proposals that large companies be obliged to publish the difference between what they pay men and women.