Bleak new year for Midlothian unemployed

The number of Midlothian residents, who have been out of work for at least a year, has increased by 30 per cent since last year.

New figures released by the Scottish TUC reveal that the number of long-term dole claimaints in the county had increased by more than 300 per cent from 90 in 2007 to 365 in 2011. In November 2010, there were 280 local people out of work for more than a year.

The Midlothian statistics mirror a trend across Scotland, which has seen one of the sharpest increases in long-term dole claimants (+28 per cent) since 2010.

Eight of the 10 local authorities with the fastest increase in long-term claimants are also from Scotland. Inverclyde reported an 87 per cent increase between 2010 and 2011.

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “These figures help demonstrate the extent of the crisis in the Scottish labour market.”

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