Fall in full time workers, but more staff in area with degrees

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Employment in the Borders fell by more than five per cent between 2008 and 2012, a report by Scotland’s chief statistician has revealed.

The annual report on the local area labour market was published last week.

It also showed that in the same period there has been a six per cent fall in the number of people working in full time jobs in the region.

However, the report did have some good news, with the area having the fourth lowest level of economic inactivity in Scotland, despite the fourth largest increase between 2008 and last year.

The Borders also had the eighth largest increase in people employed with a degree qualification, which rose from 19 per cent in 2004 to 30 per cent in 2012.

Of those employed in the region, 26.5 per cent work in the public sector.