Fall in South Ayrshire jobseekers claimers

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Two of South Ayrshire’s major towns have seen a significant decrease in the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants on record, new figures have revealed.

Ayr and Girvan have both seen big dips in the number of residents that are now claiming JSA.

Ayr now has 1940 people reliant on JSA which is a 19% reduction on last year.

Girvan has seen a massive reduction of 28% and only has 118 people currently claiming JSA.

For both this is the lowest recorded level for seven years.

It is good news regarding young people with Ayr at the lowest recorded number of 18-24 year olds on JSA decreasing by 29% to 445 people for 6 months or less.

Lynn Hammel from the department of work and pensions, said: “For South Ayrshire overall, it is good news. Especially where the young people are concerned, it is fantastic to see so many towns at a record low at last.

“Looking forward I hope the levels will continue to drop with the help and assistance of a variety of back to work schemes that are currently in operation through our job centres.”

The latest unemployment statistics, released this week, show that the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Scotland overall has fallen.

But the number of Scots who are in work has also dropped by 12,000 in three months.

The number of people in Scotland who are not in work and claiming JSA last month was 69,800 – a drop of 2,300 from July and 20,7000 lower than in August 2014.

UK Government employment minister Priti Patel said: “With private sector employment in Scotland increasing by almost 180,000 since 2010, it is clear that this government’s long-term plan is providing security for working people.”

Employment in Scotland fell to 2,612,000 in the period May to July, although the total is still 4,000 higher than the same time last year.

The jobless total remained unchanged at 164,000 in the three months from May to July.