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SNP MP Martin Docherty has welcomed new figures showing that the unemployment rate for West Dunbartonshire has fallen over the past 12 months.

The latest job market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in West Dunbartonshire the number of unemployed benefit claimants is 5% lower than this time last year, and 38% lower than in 2010.

Youth unemployment in West Dunbartonshire has also fallen with the total number of 18-24 year olds seeking employment down by 20% locally on the same period last year.

Across Scotland the unemployment rate is at a record low of 3.8%, the lowest of all the UK nations – with the number of Scots in work up by 25,000 over the previous quarter.

Commenting, Martin Docherty MP said:

“The latest employment figures for West Dunbartonshire are very encouraging with 1,221 fewer people seeking employment compared to 2010 – a reduction of 38%.

“I am particularly pleased to see an improved outlook for young local job seekers. It’s great to see a 20% fall in the number of 18-24 year olds in West Dunbartonshire looking for work over the past 12 months.

“Across Scotland youth unemployment has fallen significantly and continues to be amongst the lowest of all EU countries, with unemployment overall at its lowest level for 25 years.

“Whilst these figures show Scotland’s labour market is strong and the unemployment rates in West Dunbartonshire are falling, we cannot be complacent in our efforts to strengthen the economy and increase job prospects.

“Following the Brexit vote the increase in inflation and rising food prices continues to put pressure on household incomes, and the possibility of a hard Brexit threatens the loss of thousands of jobs across the country.

“The SNP Scottish Government will continue doing all it can with the powers it has to improve skills, create jobs and grow our economy.”

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