UNEMPLOYMENT is declining in Inverclyde - with 300 fewer people out of work in the last 12 months.

According to latest Scottish Government statistics, there were 1,900 jobless locals between April 2018 and March this year.

That represents a one per cent drop from the corresponding period in the previous 12 months.

Despite the drop, five per cent of the working population in Inverclyde are still unemployed.

The government report estimates that there are now 1,000 more people in work locally than a decade ago.

Nationally, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics covering April to June this year showed a 12,000 rise in unemployment to 102,000.

The jobless rate in Scotland of 3.6 per cent is 0.3 per cent below the UK average.

The number of people in work was 75.4 per cent - just 0.5 per cent off the record high.