Young Borderers continue to face job difficulties

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the Borders fell for the eighth consecutive time in October, official figures have revealed.

However, despite the fall, the percentage of people aged 18 to 24 out of work in the region remains higher than the Scottish and British average.

It stands at 6.2 per cent of the population of that age, compared to 5.5 per cent for Britain as a whole and 5.6 per cent in Scotland.

Overall, 2.4 per cent (1,687) of all Borderers of working age were claiming the unemployment benefit in mid-October.