Falkirk Herald, 20 March
SEVENTEEN people are chasing every job vacancy in Falkirk district. Shock new statistics show employment opportunities in this area are almost half the Scottish average. Politician and business experts have united in calling for urgent action to safeguard jobs in all sectors, create employment opportunities and help those who find themselves facing the dole queue.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie called on the Scottish Government to do more to help, particularly the construction industry. She said: “Workers involved with the Grangemouth High project told me that they had no other work to go to when it finished. We should be looking to build more schools and more low-cost housing, particularly for rent, to ease the problems.”
See also Shock rise in unemployment (Falkirk Herald, 24 December 2008)