Youth unemployment falls in South Ayrshire

Corri Wilson MP has welcomed new figures showing youth unemployment in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock has fallen by almost 15 per cent in the last year.

According to House of Commons Library calculations, the proportion of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance or not in work and claiming Universal Credits in the constituency fell 14.6 per cent since February 2015.

And the good news is complemented by corresponding figures on claimants of all ages across the constituency, where a drop of 11.7 per cent was recorded for the same period.

Corri Wilson MP said: “These are encouraging figures which show that determined efforts to reduce youth unemployment are paying off – more young people are in work and the overall number of people not working or seeking work is continuing to fall. It is vital that school leavers are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential in education, work or training, and the increases in Modern Apprenticeships has gone a long way to transforming many young people’s lives.

“Coupled with the latest Office for National Statistics figures showing more Scots are in work than ever before, outperforming the rest of the UK, it is clear that the Scottish Government’s investment in the economy – including vital public infrastructure investment – is paying off. However, despite Scotland resoundingly rejecting austerity, the UK Government’s damaging cuts remain a serious threat to these efforts.

“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.”