Local MP Jo Swinson is once again welcoming a drop in unemployment figures for East Dunbartonshire. The number of local residents seeking Job Seekers Allowance has fallen to 970, down 26 from October of this year and 121 from November 2011.
Jo will continue to work with local companies on initiatives such as the successful Get East Dunbartonshire Working campaign that secured 109 job and training opportunities in East Dunbartonshire. Two events for local businesses, one on trade and investment and one on business lending are in the pipeline for 2013 to make sure companies know what support is available to boost growth and help create jobs.
Commenting on the figures, Jo said:
"More people are finding work in East Dunbartonshire, which is an encouraging sign that our local economy is getting back on track.
"It shows that the Coalition Government is taking the right steps to get more people into work so that we can leave these difficult times behind us.
"The fall in unemployment across the UK was driven by the biggest drop in youth unemployment on record.
"Liberal Democrats have always been clear that getting young people into work is crucial to build a stronger economy which is why we put in place a £1bn Youth Contract to give young unemployed people in East Dunbartonshire a chance to earn or learn."
"Building on the success of the Get East Dunbartonshire Working campaign I'm organising two local seminars in the New Year to make sure local companies are aware of the Government support on offer to boost growth and create jobs."
- 970 people were unemployed in East Dunbartonshire, 121 lower than in November 2011 and 26 lower than in October 2012 based on figures for JSA claimants in the area.