Number of benefit claimants falls in county

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The number of adults claiming Job Seekers Allowance continues to fall across Midlothian.

February figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions show there are 637 less claimants than the same period in 2014. This represents a fall of 38 per cent.

The number of young people, aged 18 to 24 years, claiming JSA has dropped by 45 per cent. This number of claimants is 280 compared with 225 a year ago.

Linda Prattis, district integrated operations manager for East and South-East Scotland, told the Advertiser: “It is yet another set of good labour market figures.”

Of the 1046 JSA claimants in Midlothian, 715 are males and 331 are females.

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