Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed the new figures showing a 0.4% fall in unemployment over the year in Inverclyde.
Inverclyde has matched the national trend, with figures showing a 0.4% decrease in unemployment across Scotland.
Scotland continues to outperform the UK on female and youth employment rates.
There are currently 28,000 more people in work in Scotland compared to pre-recession levels, and employment levels for both women and young people are higher in Scotland than the UK as a whole, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures.
Mr McMillan said:
“It is encouraging that unemployment in Scotland has fallen over the year, with more women and young people employed here compared to the UK.
“This pattern has been reflected in Inverclyde, where there has been a 0.4% decrease in people claiming out-of-work benefits since the start of the year.
“The EU referendum and subsequent lack of leadership from the Tory government has however caused economic uncertainty, with unemployment rising slightly in the months following the referendum despite overall gains throughout the year. It is imperative for Inverclyde that we retain membership of the single market so that these improvements in employment do not go into retreat.
“In the face of uncertainty the Scottish Labour Market is performing extremely well and the Scottish Government is investing an additional £100 million to help stimulate growth and support jobs, as well as establishing a new £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme to support in particular small and medium enterprises.
“The SNP remains determined to pursue every avenue to secure Scotland’s continued place in Europe and the stability, jobs and investment that come from being part of the world’s biggest single market.”