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27th January 2016

A Welcome decline in unemployment in Stirling Constituency

Steven Paterson MP
Steven Paterson MP

Steven Paterson, MP for Stirling

Recent figures on unemployment have shown a decline for the Stirling UK Parliamentary Constituency.

The figures, released by the House of Commons Library, show that the number of claimants of unemployment welfare support* was 833 in December 2015 – 1.9% of the economically active population (aged 16 – 64).

This is much lower than the UK average unemployment rate for the same month, which was 2.4%.

The total number of claimants dropped by 176 (17.4%) between December 2014 and December 2015. Similarly, the number of claimants dropped by 10 (1.2%) between November 2015 and December 2015.

The same 12 months also saw a significant drop in youth unemployment (18-24 year olds) for Stirling which saw a reduction of 20.8%.

Responding to the figures, Stirling SNP MP, Steven Paterson said:

“These figures are encouraging and show that the Stirling Constituency is continuing to make real progress since the recession. It is a testament to the unique position that Stirling is in for business start-ups.

“Last month, we learned that Stirling is the best city in Scotland to start a business. This is due to the low cost of living, good transport links, and a well educated workforce.

However, it is important to be mindful that employment figures are only one measure of economic health. I continue to support the Living Wage so that people who work hard can expect to support themselves and their families as a result.

This is why myself and my SNP colleagues in Westminster will continue to call on the Government to reassess their current con-trick of a ‘National Living Wage’ and instead introduce an actual Living Wage that pays workers a fair rate.”