Local MP Michael Moore has welcomed statistics released today which show a drop in the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders.
Figures show that in July the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders was 1,715, compared to 1,754 in June, a drop of 39.
“It is good to see that the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders has dropped again.
"Every person back in work is a boost to them, their family and the local community so it’s great that there are 39 people back in work in the Borders compared to June.
“There is however no room for complacency because there are still 1,715 Borderers out of work and claiming JSA.
"Over the next few months, I will be working with local businesses to see how we can reduce unemployment even further and give people the opportunities they need to break into the job market through apprenticeships and work experience placements.”
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