Number of unemployed Borderers falls in May

The number of unemployment Borderers fell last month.

Figures showed people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the region dropped by 29 people to 1,783 compared to last year.

The figures also show that 75 fewer 18-24 year olds are claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance.

Borders MP Michael Moore said: “It’s good to see that unemployment in the Borders is down compared to last year. “For every person in a new job, that is good news for them, their family and our community.

“I am also glad to see the drop in young people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance which shows our local businesses are giving them the opportunities they need to break into the job market.

“There is however no room for complacency and 1,783 people on Job Seeker’s Allowance is still 1,783 too many.

The Secretary of State for Scotland added: “Over the next few months I will be working with local businesses to encourage them to take advantage of the Youth Contract and the jobs tax cut introduced by the UK Government to boost employment in the Borders even further.”