Jobless figures increase
Bucking UK trend
Fewer people in Monklands are in work than during the same time last year.
A total of 2140 residents of Airdrie & Shotts claimed jobseekers’ allowance in August – up 540 on 2017’s statistics, but a 25 per cent drop on figures released in 2012.
The Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill ward saw 2050 unemployed residents; this was a rise of 495 from 2017, however there are 24 per cent fewer out- of- work people than back in 2012.
The labour market figures also revealed the number of jobseekers across North Lanarkshire in August was 7705 – up 1765 on last year and a 22 per cent decrease on 2012’s statistics.
The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that Monklands’ rising jobseeker numbers are going against the national trend, with the British employment rate of four per cent the lowest since 1975.
The employment level in Scotland has risen by 198,000 since 2010 to around 2.64 million.
There are 83,000 more women in work in the country since 2010 – currently 1.27 million – and unemployment has fallen by 113,000 during the same time period to 3.9 per cent.
Commenting, Employment minister, Alok Sharma, said: “I am particularly encouraged that wages continue to be on the up, outpacing inflation for the seventh month in a row with regular pay up 3.1 per cent on the year.
“And with [ British] unemployment at its lowest since the 1970s, since 2010 there are more people with the security of a job and with a regular salary.”