Jobless total falls below 2,000

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The number of people in the Borders claiming unemployment benefit has fallen to under 2,000 for the first time this year.

The latest figures show that in mid-June 1,987 people were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, the fourth consecutive fall. However, almost half of claimants have been out of work for more than six months.

Nearly half of all claimants in the region are aged 25 to 49.