Job­less fig­ures at a seven-year low

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The num­ber of peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang claim­ing j o b s e e ke r s al­lowance fell to its low­est level in seven years last month.

Fig­ures re­leased last week by NOMIS showed 1802 peo­ple in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency claimed dur­ing Septem­ber.

The last time a lower num­ber was recorded was back in Au­gust 2008.

Septem­ber and Au­gust were also the first time two months had been un­der 2000 in a row for the first time since Oc­to­ber 2008.

How­ever, the area still lags be­hind the rest of the coun­try with a JSA rate of 2.6 per cent, com­pared with 1.9 per cent for Scot­land and 1.6 per cent for the UK.

Since 2006, the high­est recorded fig­ure was 3852 in Fe­bru­ary 2012, mean­ing the num­ber has fallen by over 53 per cent.

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP, Mar­garet Fer­rier, reck­ons the fig­ures are en­cour­ag­ing, but she hoped they would im­prove even more over the com­ing months.

She said: “Whilst l ow un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures are wel­come, there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment.

“I’m proud that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have en­abled en­trepreneurs to start up their own en­ter­prises, cre­at­ing jobs and pros­per­ity though the Small Busi­ness Bonus Scheme.

“I wel­come news an­nounced by John Swin­ney at the week­end that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will give lo­cal author­i­ties the power to cut busi­ness rates from the end of this month.

“If used cor­rectly, this power will al­low South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to en­able more job cre­ation and lo­cal re­gen­er­a­tion.

“The de­vo­lu­tion of busi­ness rate pow­ers from Ed­in­burgh to lo­cal coun­cils has been keenly wel­comed by the Scot­tish Cham­bers of Com­merce, and I ea­gerly await plans from the coun­cil on how they fully in­tend to take ad­van­tage of them to pro­mote fur­ther job growth.”

Im­prove­ment Fig­ures are at low­est since 2008

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