2014 a record year for low unemployment locally

A further fall in local unemployment in December was welcomed by East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson, who is delighted that the year ended with another employment landmark reached.

In December, there were 496 unemployed people locally, a fall of 2 from November 2014 and from 670 the year before. This is the lowest figure in the 10 years Jo has been the local MP.

Jo said:

“2014 was an excellent year for local employment figures. The current rate of 1.3% claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance means East Dunbartonshire has one of the lowest levels of unemployment across the whole of the UK.

“The economic recovery continues to gain momentum across the UK. Unemployment now stands at its lowest level for more than six years. Since the Liberal Democrats entered Government the economy has created an extra job every minute of every day with 30.8 million people now in work including a record number of women.

“Confidence is growing in our local businesses with half telling me last year they intend to recruit extra staff in 2015. 900 local companies have also taken advantage of the Government’s Employment Allowance scheme – a £2,000 cut in their National Insurance bill which can be put towards hiring new employees or investing in the company.”



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Key facts

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in East Dunbartonshire constituency in December 2014 was 496. This represents a rate of 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 521st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)


The number of claimants is 174 lower than in December 2013 and 2 lower than in November 2014. These data are not seasonally adjusted


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