New figures released this week from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that employment in Scotland is at a record high and outperforming the UK.
Today’s figures for December 2015 show that the total number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit in Inverclyde has fallen by 149 people since December 2014 and 61 people since November 2015. Claimants in Inverclyde aged between 18 and 24 have also decreased by 95 people since December 2014.
This comes as it is announced that employment levels in Scotland have risen to 2,631,000 and the employment rate has grown to 74.9 per cent, the highest rate of the four UK nations, and outperforms the UK as a whole. The new figures also show that youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level since 2006.
It is encouraging to see unemployment in Inverclyde fall and is evidence that the Scottish Government are doing everything they can with the powers at their disposal to create jobs, support people back into work and boost the economy. The figures on youth employment are particularly welcome, it is good to see we are doing our best to ensure our young people are supported.
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