Local unemployment at lowest rate since 2008 - Jo

Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed figures that show unemployment in East Dunbartonshire continues to fall. 

There were 670 unemployed claimants in December, down by 250 from the same time last year. This comes on the back of news that the UK posted the strongest GDP growth figures since before the financial crisis began in 2007, growing by 1.9% in 2013.

Commenting, Jo said:

“The Coalition Government has put the economy back on the right track. These figures are a boost for the economic security of hard-working people in East Dunbartonshire and across Britain.

“Unemployment in our area is at its lowest since August 2008. Initiatives like my Get East Dunbartonshire Working campaign in 2012 and the jobs fair I held last autumn have helped unemployed residents find out about what jobs and training opportunities are available.

“Scotland continues to do well as part of the UK economy which grew by 1.9% over 2013.  Scotland’s economy is up 2.1% compared to a year ago, with 30,000 new businesses created in the last year - more than 8,000 of them in the Glasgow area.”

Further information 

  • The number of unemployed claimants in East Dunbartonshire constituency in December 2013 was 670. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 250 lower than in December 2012 and 31 lower than in November 2013. These data are not seasonally adjusted.   
  • New figures from Start Up Britain show that more than 30,000 new businesses were created in Scotland in 2013.Full figures for Scotland are available at http://www.startupbritain.co/startupfigures2013 (see p40 of downloadable pdf).


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