Job­less fig­ures in­crease

Buck­ing UK trend

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Competition - Ian Bunt­ing

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.”

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