Unemployment figures fall in Midlothian

The number of young people claiming unemployment benefit in Midlothian has fallen compared to last year, according to new figures published by ONS.

The claimant count for March 2013 across Edinburgh and the Lothians fell by 85 compared to the same time last year.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said: “Supporting more young people into jobs is a top priority for the Scottish Government. We are working hard to improve the employment options available and these very positive figures from Midlothian demonstrate that our work and that of local authorities is producing results.

“A record 89.9 per cent of our young people nationwide are rightly securing opportunities on leaving school, however, one young person not in training or employment is one too many and our work must continue.

“Our efforts so far have included a guaranteed offer of a place in education or training for every 16-19 year old; 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year and £29 million to create thousands of jobs in the third sector over three years. These efforts will be stepped up further by supporting locally-based recruitment incentives which will offer financial support to small companies who create jobs for young people and is backed by £15 million of Scottish Government funding and by £10 million European Structural funding.

“A vibrant Scottish economy needs Scotland’s young people to be a central part of a dynamic workforce and most young Scots want to rise to this challenge. That’s why I would urge more employers in Scotland to make our young people their business and take advantage of the support we’ve provided to do so.”