Unemployment falls in East Dunbartonshire

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More than 230 people in East Dunbartonshire are in work after employment figures showed that the number of Scots claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is at its lowest level for more than four-and-a-half years.

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in East Dunbartonshire has decreased by 238 from 996 in October 2012 to 758 in October 2013.

The figure is also down by 38 from September of this year, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has welcomed the news and described the latest figures as “encouraging” and said that they show the Coalition Government’s support for businesses is starting to pay dividends for people and companies locally.

Ms Swinson said: “More people are in work in East Dunbartonshire and fewer people are having to claim Jobseeker’s allowance.

“We are moving in the right direction although there is still a good deal that remains to be done.

“Any increase in employment is welcome and we need to ensure we are doing all we can to help people looking for work get the support they need.”

She added: “Liberal Democrats have made clear that building a stronger economy and helping create jobs is our priority.

“These figures suggest that UK Government help for skills training and new investment to support businesses in places like East Dunbartonshire is starting to pay real dividends.”

In September, a jobs fair in East Dunbartonshire organised by Ms Swinson and Jobcentre Plus attracted 100 people.

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