Unemployment At December 2006
31st January 2007
The December 2006 unemployment figures were released on 17th January 2007. During the month, November 2006 to December 2006, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain rose by 0.2%, from 895,833 to 897,758 (1,925 claimants). This figure is higher than December last year, where the number of claimants stood at 865,512, an increase of 3.7% (32,246 claimants).
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Scotland fell during the month, falling 0.5%, from 83,274 to 82,818 (456 claimants). This figure is lower than the same period last year, where the number of claimants stood at 83,628, a decrease of 1.0% (810 claimants).
The HIE area witnessed an increase in its unemployment rate during the month, rising 2.8% from 5,717 to 5,878 claimants (161 claimants). This figure is lower than December last year, where the total claimants stood at 6,175, a decrease of 4.8% (297 claimants).
Over the month, November 2006 to December 2006, the claimant count rates rose in 13 TTWA area's, fell in 4, and was static in the remaining 3 - Keith & Buckie, Argyll Islands and Lochgilphead. Oban and Lochaber shared the highest increase over the month, both rising by 0.5%, whilst Campbeltown and Inverness shared the greatest decrease over the month, both falling 0.2%.
Over the year to December 2006, the claimant count rose in 5 TTWAs, fell in 10 and was static in the remaining 5 - Sutherland, Skye & Ullapool, Argyll Islands, Elgin & Forres and Badenoch & Strathspey. Lewis & Harris, Campbeltown and Oban shared the highest increase over the year all rising by 0.3%. Keith & Buckie and Lochaber shared the greatest decrease over the year both falling by 0.5%.
People in 14 communities across the Highlands and Islands are being asked to take part in an online survey on rural banking services. The survey will be used to gather feedback from a broad range of individual households, businesses and community groups in areas expected to be affected by local bank branch closures.
A £5.39m construction contract has been awarded for the development of a new Research and Innovation Campus in Orkney. The campus is a joint venture by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC) who have appointed Kirkwall based R Clouston Limited as the main contractor.
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Google's Digital Garage team, which offers free digital training to people of all ages to help them find a job, grow in their career and or business, is coming to four Highlands and Islands campuses this month to give students advice on how best to sell their skills to a new employer. As part of employability month, mentors from Google Digital Garage will travel to Alness, Inverness, Thurso and Kirkwall in Orkney to advise on how you can create a CV that shines.
Applications are now open for up to 50 ambitious entrepreneurs eager to grow their business and learn from one of the world's foremost entrepreneurs. Professor Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be in Edinburgh this summer for the residential Can Do SCALE summer school which runs from 18 - 20 June.
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Young people in Caithness will be the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres. A network of ‘Newton rooms' in Norway and one in Denmark are used to inspire more young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
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A Shetland boat building and engineering company has increased its workforce and is set to expand internationally as orders for workboats grow. Six new jobs have already been created at Malakoff Ltd after opening a new site earlier this year at Greenhead Base in Lerwick.
A £60m fund to keep Scotland at the forefront of low carbon innovation is now open for applications. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) will fund large scale projects which support the ambitions of the Scottish Government's new Scotland's Energy Strategy, which was published in December 2017.
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