Unemployment figures for the Stirling area have shown an overall drop whilst the number of 18-24 year olds out of work has risen since this time last year.
According to the House of Commons Library, there are 58 less people on Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit than there were claimants during April 2015 in the Stirling area. The new figures also show that the figure has dropped by 84 since March this year.
However, the number of younger adults (18-24 year olds) has risen by 30 since April 2015 with a total of 215 claimants recorded in April this year.
The total number of unemployment claimants in the Stirling area recorded in April this year was 863.
Commenting on the news, Stirling MP Steven Paterson said:
“These figures are both encouraging and serve as a warning that there is still much work to be done to ensure that younger generations have a wealth of job opportunities available to them.
“It is always welcome news that overall unemployment continues to fall in the Stirling Constituency, however the fact that 25 percent of all unemployment claimants are in the 18-24 age bracket shows us that the UK Government’s boasted economic recovery isn’t one that is working for everyone.
“The SNP Scottish Government has committed to delivering 30,000 modern apprenticeships by 2020 – which will greatly benefit younger generations in the Stirling area.
“We must also make sure that work pays a fair wage and the UK Government would do well to recognise that simply re-branding the minimum wage as a ‘National Living Wage’ will not properly support people who work hard to provide for themselves and their families.
“The newly re-elected Scottish Government has pledged to double the number of accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland by Autumn 2017 whilst freezing the basic rate of income tax and increasing the personal allowance to £12,750 by the end of the Parliament. This will be a real shot in the arm for people in work and will help ensure that a fair day’s work results in a fair day’s pay.”