More Midlothian youngsters are gaining employment on leaving school, according to new figures released by Skills Development Scotland.
In addition, there has been an increase in the number of teenagers going into higher education.
Midlothian’s “positive destination” figure now stands at 89.2 per cent compared with 85.4 per cent in 2011/12.
Midlothian is no longer the worse performing county in Scotland and is narrowly behind the national average of 91.4 per cent.
The statistics also show that 24.4 per cent are going into further education, 25.4 per cent into employment, 7.3 per cent into training, and 8.9 per cent are unemployed but seeking work.
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