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Unemployment in South Scotland

 THE number of young people claiming unemployment benefit in southern Scotland has fallen compared with last year, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The claimant count for March 2013 in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway fell by 230.
In the Scottish Borders 120 fewer young people are claiming unemployment benefit, while in Dumfries and Galloway it is 110 fewer.
Angela Constance, the minister for youth employment, said: “Supporting more young people into jobs is a top priority for the Scottish government.
“We are working hard to improve the employment options available and these very positive figures from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway show our work and that of local authorities is producing results.”
The minister added: “A record 89.9 per cent of our young people nationwide are securing opportunities on leaving school but one young person not in training or employment is one too many and our work must continue.
“Our efforts so far have included a guaranteed offer of a place in education or training for every 16 to 19 year old and 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year and £29m to create thousands of jobs in the third sector over three years.
“These efforts will be stepped up by supporting locally-based recruitment incentives which will offer financial support to small companies which create jobs for young people.
“It is backed by £15m of government funding and by £10m European structural funding.

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