Mixed for­tunes for the econ­omy

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

OC­TO­BER has been a mixed month for the High­lands and Is­lands econ­omy, with both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive de­vel­op­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the High­lands and Is­lands monthly eco­nomic re­port, the pos­i­tive side in­cluded a fall of 355 in the num­ber of peo­ple un­em­ployed; £35 mil­lion in­vest­ments by Di­a­geo in re­open­ing two whisky dis­til­leries in Brora and Port Ellen; and a 9.7 per cent rise in pas­sen­ger num­bers at the re­gional air­ports.

The bad news in­cluded VisitS­cot­land’s plans to close 14 lo­cal tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tres; the col­lapse of the Daviot Group with 31 job losses; and an­other fall in the num­ber of school pupils study­ing Gaelic.

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