Fall in jobless - but more has to be done says MP
The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency has fallen by nearly a quarter in the past year.
Figures released last week by the office of national statistics showed 2054 people were on JSA throughout April.
That compares with 2722 in April 2014, a drop of 24.5 per cent.
April’s figures were the lowest since December when the figure dipped under 2000 for the first time since October 2008.
Cathy Macphail, Customer Service Operations Manager for South Lanarkshire with the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Our Jobcentres continue to work with a wide range of employers to help jobseekers move into work as quickly as possible and have access to digital facilities including Wi- Fi and customer computers to enable claimants to carry out online jobsearch and make electronic job applications.
“We offer one to one support tailored to individual need and have access to a range services to help provide additional support if necessary. Overall it’s really great news that there are fewer people out of work.”
The number of young people aged 18 to 24 is down to 460, the lowest in almost seven years while the number of people claiming JSA for over a year has dropped by 38 per cent in the past 12 months.
Rutherglen and Hamilton West has a JSA rate of three percent, above both the Scottish (2.3 per cent) and UK (1.9 per cent) average.
Margaret Ferrier MP said more had to be done to get local people back into work: “It’s good to see the JSA figures falling but we are still behind national average and a lot of work needs to be done.
“Hopefully myself and my fellow 55 SNP MP’s can win the economic powers we really need to help create new jobs and grow our local economy.
“All the new MP’s are still in the process of bedding in but once I have my staff and offices in place I will be contacting partnership agencies like Clyde Gateway to see how I can support their efforts to bring new jobs to the area.
“They already have work in progress at Shawfield which has the potential to create thousands of posts and I will do all in my power to protect their funding streams for this essential work.”
Taylor Muir, of the Rutherglen and Hamilton West branch of the Conservative Party, said the figures were proof the UK Government’s economic plan was working: “Obviously it is welcome news in the constituency for people who have the security of a job and a wage.
“This governments plan is about working towards full employment, so that everybody in our country who wants to can have the chance of a decent job, a decent home and a good life for their family.
“By building a stronger economy we are delivering on this and that is why we were re-elected two weeks ago.”
Decrease The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance locally has fallen, (inset) MP Margaret Ferrier