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16 July 2015

Stevenson Comments on Buckie Jobs Statistics

Commenting on figures release by the Department for Work & Pensions which show that youth unemployment in the Buckie Travel-to-Work has reduced by 6% year-on-year, unemployment is down 8% and new business start-ups are at levels above the national average, Buckie MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“The local statistics for the Buckie Travel-to-Work Area are good news and very encouraging, highlighting the fact that the action the SNP in Government is taking is protecting jobs and helping more people into work.

“Buckie has not had its troubles to seek in past years, so it’s good to get some positive news on the employment front.

“Scotland is the only nation in the UK where unemployment fell between March and May this year – in the UK as a whole, unemployment rose to 5.6 per cent.

“It is also positive to see youth employment at a record high for the March-May period. Despite difficult economic circumstances and cuts passed down from the UK Government, the SNP has taken action at every turn to ensure young people are able to fulfil their potential in education, work or training - and since coming to power the number of Modern Apprenticeships has increased by almost 60 per cent.

“With further powers over the economy, employment and social security the Scottish Parliament would be able to take further action to strengthen our economy to create more and better paid jobs.”
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