The number of 18-24 year olds out of work in the Borders has gone down over the past month but more jobs are needed.
Figures released show the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders in May 2013 dropped by 29 people or 1.6% down to 1,783 compared to last year. 75 fewer 18-24 year olds are claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance.
Borders MP Michael Moore welcomed news of the drop in unemployment in the Borders: “It’s good to see that unemployment in the Borders is down compared to last year. For every person in a new job, that is good news for them, their family and our community.
“I am also glad to see the drop in young people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance which shows our local businesses are giving them the opportunities they need to break into the job market.
“There is however no room for complacency and 1,783 people on Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders is still 1,783 too many.
“Over the next few months I will be working with local businesses to encourage them to take advantage of the Youth Contract and the jobs tax cut introduced by the UK Government to boost employment in the Scottish Borders even further.”