Falkirk jobless numbers still on the rise

The search is on for jobs in Falkirk
The search is on for jobs in Falkirk
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The number of people out of work in the Falkirk area continues to rise.

Latest figures show that the unemployment rate locally remains higher than the Scottish and UK average with 4513 people looking for employment.

Although the number of job vacancies almost doubled in June from the previous month, there was a warning to treat them with caution.

In the Falkirk Council area 4.5 per cent of the working age population were unemployed in June. Over two-thirds were male, 3091 compared to 1422 females.

This is similar to the previous year where 4617 were out of work (4.6 per cent) and is a rise of 31 from May.

The Scottish unemployment rate for June was 4.2 per cent and in the UK was 3.9 per cent.

The number of young people aged 18-24 looking for work in Falkirk is also above the national average, with 1240 - 9.4 per cent - of these unemployed, compared to 8.3 per cent across Scotland and 7.4 per cent in the UK.

Last month there were 1341 vacancies – 3.4 claimants for every job available. In May there were only 732 vacancies which saw the rate at 6.1.

The number of notified vacancies was at its highest for two years.

However, there was a warning that this often varies from month-to-month.

A council spokesperson said: “Any increase in the number of vacancies available locally has to be welcomed and we hope that they are filled as quickly as possible.

“There was a diverse range of jobs available including drivers, construction occupations, process operatives, cleaners and process plant occupations.

“As ever, any statistics have to be read carefully but anything that can boost local job opportunities is taking us in a positive direction.”