MP concerned at unemployment figures

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has expressed his concern that long term youth unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway is showing no improvement.

This comes after the latest unemployment figures were released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The local figures has not changed from April to May with 120 local young people (classed as those aged 18-24)still having to claiming job seekers allowance for over 12 months. This is 1.1% of local population and is 0.3% higher than the Scottish and British average of 0.8%. Overall local youth unemployment remains high with 5.3% (590) local young people unemployed. This is 0.5% above the Scottish average of 4.8% and significantly higher than the UK average of 4.3%. Unemployment as a whole shows a decrease from 2535(2.8%) in April to 2375 (2.6%) in May.

MP Russell Brown said: “I want to see all local people, especially our young people, in work but I want to ensure that it real work that offers a proper wage and proper hours. The current Government’s attitude of any job will do fails to appreciate that we have real issue in the region when it comes to low pay. The Government should be encouraging employers to pay the living wage, not encouraging local people to accept poor pay and poor terms and conditions.”