Job­less sta­tis­tics re­main at same rate

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The per­cent­age of peo­ple in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency claim­ing job­seek­ers al­lowance stayed static for a fourth straight month in April.

Fig­ures re­alised by the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics showed a rate of 2.4 per cent, just above the Scot­tish av­er­age of 2.2 per cent and UK av­er­age of 1.8 per cent.

The ac­tual fig­ure fell from 1,660 in March to 1,630 last month.

It was the ninth straight month where the fig­ure was be­low 2,000 with the fig­ure drop­ping by over 20 per cent in a year.

Across South La­nark­shire, the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing JSA fell from 5,252 in April 2015 to 3,409 a year later — a drop of 35 per cent.

Across Scot­land, the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing JSA dropped from 80,632 to 60,446 — a fall of 25 per cent.

A spokesper­son for the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions said: “On- year com­par­i­son shows a fan­tas­tic pic­ture, with a 35 per cent re­duc­tion.”

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