Unemployment total rises again across Galloway

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Unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway remains above the UK average, according to new jobs figures published this week.

The latest statistics published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the jobseekers claimant count in Dumfries and Galloway for April 2013 was 3392 (3.8%), compared to 3298 for April 2012 (3.8%). The UK 
average is currently 3.7%.

The figures also show youth unemployment across Dumfries and Galloway remains above both the Scottish and UK average at 1000, with a claimant count rate of 9.1% compared to a UK average of 6.7% and a Scottish average of 7.2%.

Galloway MP Russell Brown said: “It is hugely disappointing that the jobs crisis across Dumfries and Galloway continues, in particular the high level of youth unemployment in our region is shameful. The days of unemployment locally being well below the UK and Scottish average are gone and it shows the way the economy in Dumfries and Galloway has changed for the worse in recent months.

“What is particularly worrying is the fact that we are seeing so many manufacturing jobs being lost and the jobs that are being created locally tend to be lower paid. This is a double whammy.”