FALKIRK DISTRICT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:25
21% DROP IN 16-19 YEAR OLDS CLAIMING JOBSEEKERS ALLOWANCE
Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East welcomed figures showing a drop of 21% in the number of 16-19 year olds in Falkirk District claiming Job Seekers Allowance over the last year.
From September 2012 to September 2013 the number of 16-19 year old claimants fell from 435 to 345.
Mr MacDonald said:
“These positive figures highlight the significant progress being made to get young people into work. While times remain challenging and there is absolutely no room for complacency a 21% drop in the number of 16-19 year old claimants is a strong indication of progress.
“The fact that not one of Scotland’s local authority areas experienced a negative change highlights the commitment of the SNP Government to addressing the scourge of youth unemployment.
“It is also a testament to the determination of Scotland’s young people; the findings highlight the fact that if you give young people in Scotland a chance they will grasp it.
“Scotland continues to outperform the UK as a whole in the critical area of youth employment, with more people in employment than the UK as a whole. It is clear that having the first ever dedicated Youth Employment Minister in the UK, Angela Constance who has delivered measures like Opportunities for All that guarantees a place in work, training or education for young people who need it – is getting Scotland’s young people working again.”