Big jump in jobless figure in Borders

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the Borders increased by 127 in January compared to the end of 2013 , according to the latest statistics.

It is the third consecutive monthly increase, but last month’s figure is 268 below the January 2013 one.

Of the 1,834 Borderers recorded as claiming the unemployment benefit last month, just over 1,000 had been doing so for less than six months.