Continuing fall in local unemployment welcome – Jo


Local MP Jo Swinson is welcoming the news that unemployment in East Dunbartonshire continues to fall.

The number of unemployed claimants on Job Seekers Allowance in East Dunbartonshire was down in March and April of this year.  In March there were 1,005 claimants down by 81 from March 2012 and in April there were 965 claimants down by 61 from April 2012.

The figures come along with the news that unemployment in Scotland fell by 7,000, to 199,000 in the period January to March 2013, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released yesterday (15 May). The Scottish unemployment rate is 7.3 per cent, which is below the average of 7.8 per cent for the whole of the UK.

The labour market statistics also show employment in Scotland has increased by 54,000 over the three months January to March 2013. The number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,517,000.

Commenting Jo said:

“The latest labour market figures are another welcome step locally and for Scotland in general.

“Scotland is doing well as part of UK and the measures we are taking on the economy are working. However, there is still a long way to go and unemployment remains a huge concern for so many. 

“It’s vital that we work together with all partners to ensure that unemployment continues to fall.

“East Dunbartonshire is a great place to do business which is why I’m holding an event on bank lending on 31 May to make sure companies know what support is available to boost growth and help create even more jobs and apprenticeships.”


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