MP welcomes fall in youth jobless rates

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The number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency is falling.

According to House of Commons Library calculations, the proportion of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance in the constituency fell from 6.1 per cent to 4.8 per cent over the period in the three months up to May this year.

That meant that youth unemployment in the constituency also fell by 1.3% over the period.

The number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance have been steadily following since it hit a peak rate of 11.7% in the constituency during May 2012.

There is more good news for the jobless rates in the constituency as a whole with a drop of 0.5% in those claiming JSA in the three months to May among all ages in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

The proportion of economically active 16-64 year old residents claiming JSA in June 2015 was 3.7 per cent, compared with 5.3 per cent in June 2014.

The new figures have been welcomed by Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock’s MP Corri Wilson who praised Scottish Government action to protect jobs.

Corri Wilson MP said: “These figures are very encouraging and highlight the fact that the action the Scottish Government is taking is protecting jobs and helping more people into work.

“It is also positive to see youth employment picking up across the constituency. It is vital that school leavers are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential in education, work or training, and an increase in Modern Apprenticeships has clearly had an impact on many young people.

“Our priority has to be growing the economy and getting people back to work, not punishing the working poor by signing up to the Tory austerity programme, and victimising claimants with an unfair sanctions system.

“It is more important than ever that we strengthen the Scotland Bill to give the Scottish Parliament further powers over the economy, employment and social security enabling action to create more and better paid jobs.”

On Monday night, Corri Wilson voted against the Conservative Government’s Welfare Bill along with her SNP MP colleagues at Westminster.

However, the bill was passed by 308 votes to 124 following a large number of abstentations on the bill from the Labour Party’s group of MP’s though 48 of them voted against the proposals outlined in the recent Budget.cccc