The number of young people claiming unemployment benefit in the south of Scotland has fallen by 11% in comparison to last year.
The new figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the claimant count for March 2013 across Borders and Dumfries and Galloway fell by 230 compared to the same time last year.
The figures are broken down as follows for each local authority:
- Scottish Borders: 120 fewer young people claiming unemployment benefit
- Dumfries and Galloway: 110 fewer young people claiming unemployment benefit
Councillors have unveiled the details on three new '3G' artificial football pitches that will be built in Dumfries and Galloway, including at the ground of Queen of the South.
The council agreed to spend £750,000 on the new surfaces at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, Blairmount Park at Newton Stewart FC and St Mary's Park in Kirkcudbright.
The total amounts are:
£225,000 to Queen of the South
£275,000 to Newton Stewart FC
£275,000 to St Cuthbert Wanderers.
The money will be subject to match funding from Sport Scotland.
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Caravan and campsite owners in Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway say bookings are down by 50%.Read the full story ›
School holidays have just begun in England, in Scotland children are two weeks into their holidays, but caravan parks in our region are reporting up to a 50% reduction in visitor numbers.
Many are blaming the weather. However some hotels are reporting an increase in numbers. One theory is that bad weather is making people chose hotels.
Tourism officials in the Scottish Borders say they hope a new tree top visitor attraction will bring millions of pounds into the local economy. Go Ape already has two centres in Cumbria. Now, it's opened its first in Southern Scotland, just outside of Peebles.
New figures show house prices in parts of Scotland have returned to the level they were at five years ago. The news has been welcomed in the Borders, where Estate Agents say they do see a steady rise in house prices.
There is a risk of flooding after Southern Scotland and parts of the North West were hit hard by heavy rain overnight, between 10-20mm fell. These areas will see further rainfall today, with the worst of it in Cumbria and South West Scotland.