Unemployment hits region’s youngsters

More young people in the Borders are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) than compared to Scotland and Britain.

Figures for April show 7.7 per cent of those in the area aged 18 to 24 were claiming JSA. For Scotland this was 7.2 per cent and Britain 6.7 per cent.

The total number of JSA claimants in the region fell last month to 2,130, with more than 25 per cent having claimed for over a year.