Hawick MSP John Lamont has welcomed the continued fall in workless households but has called for more to be done to help those out of work.
Workless households are households where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment, because of family commitments, retirement or study or through sickness or disability.
The latest official figures show that 16.5 per cent of Scottish Borders households were workless, compared to the Scottish average of 20 per cent This means no-one over the age of 16 is in employment in 6,000 Borderers households – the lowest figure since 2008 and a fall from a high of 19 per cent in 2009.
Mr Lamont told the Hawick News: “The number of workless households in the Borders has been dropping significantly over the past year but more can always be done to help those not in employment.
“The UK Government has made real progress in getting the long-term unemployed back to work and now the Scottish Government needs to step up and help those struggling on the margins.
“While the Borders compares well with Scotland as a whole, more needs to be done to help those 6,000 households who are without a pay packet.”