25,000 more Scots jobs than in 2004
Regeneration & Renewal
The net amount of workless people in Scotland has fallen by 25,000 between 2004 and 2006, according to official figures.
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2006, which was published last week, measures the proportion of the working age population who are unemployed or not working because of ill health or disability.
It found that between 2004 and 2006, the number of these people, classed as ’employment deprived’, in Scotland fell by almost six per cent.
Glasgow saw the best improvement in the number of people entering the workforce: the proportion of the population not working in the city fell by three per cent.
But one in five Glaswegians remain unemployed or not working because of ill health or disability.
Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell said the council is working ‘to find innovative solutions’ to long-term worklessness. ‘I’ve made it clear that by 2009 we will bring 40,000 new jobs to the city, which we hope will go to those who have been out of work for too long,’ he said.