THE number Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in the Borders fell to a near five-year low in September.
In the old Forest ward, covering part of Selkirk and the Valleys, there was also a significant drop, while the Old Selkirk ward figures stayed the same as August.
In the middle of last month, 1,744 Borderers were receiving the unemployment benefit, down 144 from August.
Employment in Scotland is at its highest level since mid-2008.
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Michael Moore has welcomed the latest figures.
He said: “These remain challenging times for many people in the Borders, but there is some encouragement from these employment figures.
“Along with my colleagues, I am committed to building a stronger economy, and a fairer society with it, where everyone can get on in life.”
Mr Moore added: “It is encouraging news that unemployment has continued to fall in the Borders for the seventh successive month in a row. However, we cannot be complacent.
“There is still a lot needed to help younger people and women back into work in the Borders and I will be focusing on them in the apprentices’ showcase later in the month.”