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9 May 2013

Stevenson Welcomes Year-On-Year Drop in Unemployment

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire and the Buchan Coast, welcomed the figures published in a monthly North-east economic report.

From January 2012 to January 2013, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the whole of the North-east fell by 14.4%. During the same period, Fraserburgh saw an impressive 28% drop, while Peterhead saw a drop of 20.1%.

The current Aberdeenshire unemployment rate of 1.2% is the lowest of all the local authority areas in Scotland. The comparable rate for Scotland overall is 4.1%.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said

“Scottish Government initiatives such as record numbers of modern apprenticeships and the small business bonus scheme, which has allowed companies to invest in recruiting staff, have contributed to these low levels of unemployment.

“These figures underline the resilience of the local economy in the North-east, and are a testament to the people in our communities.”
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