Latest jobless ­figures released

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the Borders fell to 1,477 in mid-June, the latest figures reveal.

The total is 54 down on May and is over 500 less than in June 2013.

It is also the lowest figure for June since 2008.

Just under a third of claimants last month had been on the unemployment benefit for a year or more, and just under half of all claimants were aged 25-49.