Fall in East Dunbartonshire unemployment is welcomed

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has expressed her “delight” that local unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since July 2008.

In April 2014 there were 633 unemployed claimants in the area, a fall of 40 from the previous month.

This means just 1.5 per cent of people were claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance, making East Dunbartonshire one of the lowest areas of unemployment in the whole of the UK.

Ms Swinson said: “Building a stronger economy to support and create jobs is the key reason why as Liberal Democrats we went into government in the first place. I’m so glad that not only is the national unemployment rate falling fast, but particularly that people are feeling the benefits here in East Dunbartonshire.

“I’ve worked hard to promote jobs in our area, by organising a Jobs Fair and my Get East Dunbartonshire Working initiative.

“It is excellent news that local unemployment is now down to 1.5%, which is the lowest it has been since July 2008.”