Saturday, December 07, 2019
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Ian Blackford MP


The Constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country.

Figures just released by the Department of Work and Pensions reveal that just 1.2% of the economically active population aged between 16 and 64 years old are out of work which translates to a figure of just 400 people. The UK average is 2.4%.

This number includes 256 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 144 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 37 higher than in August 2015 and 17 lower than in July 2016.

There were 65 claimants aged 18-24 in Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency in August 2016, 20 lower than in August 2015.

Commenting on the figures, local MP Ian Blackford said: "However, August is always a good month, with plenty of seasonal job opportunities in the service sector. While this is a good sign that tourism is doing well as it is a major contributor to our economy, I would also like to see the creation of more employment opportunities and permanent jobs in other industries.

"I will continue to work hard to encourage development of local companies and in attracting new business into the constituency to secure future employment."


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