MACDONALD WELCOMES 5% DROP IN YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT OVER PAST YEAR
Friday, 15 May 2015 15:14
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald has welcomed new figures showing a significant drop in youth unemployment in Scotland over the past 12 months.
The Labour Market Statistics published by the ONS show a 5.1 per cent drop, which means lowest level of youth unemployment since 2008, and also shows a 42,000 overall rise of people in work compared to this time last year.
Commenting, Mr MacDonald, said:
“The employment figures are very encouraging. Scotland’s future is in our young people – so it is vital that that we do everything that we can to give them the opportunity to learn skills and provide opportunities for rewarding work.
“However, there is no room for complacency and we will continue to work to improve youth and overall employment levels – in spite of the Tories' planned further cuts, which need to be reversed.
“In government in Scotland, the SNP are on track to deliver 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships a year by 2020, and we are expanding entitlement to Educational Maintenance Allowance – scrapped south of the border - to support 57,000 school pupils and college students, making it easier for them continue their education.
“The SNP has restored free higher education – and Nicola Sturgeon has made clear there will be no tuition fees in Scotland for as long as the SNP are in office.
“We are doing all we can to strengthen and grow our economy to provide more opportunities for young people. Our strong team of SNP MPs will stand up for the rights of young people at every turn, and work to halt the Tory austerity programme in order to support more of our young people into work, education or training.”