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Latest unemployment figures show significant drop

Significant drop in unemployment figures Credit: PA

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Cumbria and the south of Scotland has fallen.

In Cumbria there's now 5,179 claimants, 167 less than last month.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the figure dropped below 2,000 for the first time in more than six years, to 1,957. That's 231 less than last month.

And in the Scottish Borders 1,285 people were claiming, down by 164.


Unemployment figures down in Cumbria

The number of people out of work in Cumbria has seen the biggest monthly fall in five years, and that is partly because of seasonal factors.

The total dropped by 406 to just below 8500, with the county's unemployment rate standing at 2.7%.

There has also been a drop in the number of people out of work across the south of Scotland for the second month in a row.

In Dumfries and Galloway 3.8% are out of work and in the Scottish Borders the figure is 3%.

Rise in unemployment for Cumbria and southern Scotland

Unemployment on the rise Credit: PA

New figures released show that there has been an increase in the number of unemployed people in Cumbria and southern Scotland.

Over the past month the number out of work in Dumfries and Galloway went up by 188 to 3542 which is 3.9%.

In the Borders the jobless figure of 2102 is up by more than 100 and stands at 3%.

Unemployment in Cumbria has risen in the last month to 2.9%.

There are 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - that is almost 550 more than December.