Unemployment fell in Scotland by 11,000 over the last quarter, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures today – and figures also show a fall in the number of claimants of out of work benefits in Inverclyde.
Labour Market Statistics for February to April 2016 show that:
• Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK on female employment rates;
• Scotland has the second highest employment rate out of the four UK nations with 143,000 more people in employment compared with 2010.
• Scotland outperforms the rest of the UK on youth employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.
• The youth unemployment rate has decreased to 13.4 per cent over the year.
Figures for Inverclyde also make for encouraging reading. Statistics show that there were 1,480 claimants of Job Seekers’ Allowance and out of work Universal Credit in Inverclyde in May – a decrease of 60 people from the previous month.
Figures also show that claimants between the ages of 16-24 have shown a marked decrease of 90 people across the year.
Commenting, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“The latest employment figures show a fall in unemployment over the last quarter which is to be welcomed. However, as the employment rate has fallen we are clear we need to increase our efforts to improve the economy by investing in jobs and creating a competitive and supportive business environment.
“I’m pleased that youth unemployment has also decreased over the last year. However, we are committed to getting more young people into work which is why we will increase Modern Apprenticeships to 30,000 a year by 2020 as part of a wide range of measures contained in our seven year youth employment strategy Developing the Young Workforce.”
“We are working hard to support job creation, while our economic strategy outlines our priorities, which include investing in infrastructure, fostering innovation, promoting inclusive growth and promoting Scotland on the international stage to boost trade and inward investment.
“This has particular relevance to Inverclyde. This week I have proposed a parliamentary motion to highlight the important of Inverclyde as the marine tourism capital of Scotland, which is noticeable in particular by our importance as a global cruise liner destination and the upcoming P1 Powerboat Event that will take place on the Greenock Esplanade between 17-19 June.
“The Scottish Government will continue to do everything we can to boost the economy and help people maximise their potential by supporting business, investing in infrastructure, funding skills and retraining opportunities and implementing our youth employment strategy.”