Responding to the latest official labour market statistics published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“This is another encouraging set of labour market statistics for Scotland and it is particularly pleasing to see women starting to benefit.
“However, it is essential that no one gets carried away. While Scotland’s performance over the quarter may be spectacularly good compared to the UK as a whole, it is much less so when performance over the past year is considered. This might be the sixth consecutive fall reported by ONS but unemployment in Scotland has fallen by only 5,000 over this period and actually increased by 2,000 on the figure reported last month.
“Today’s statistics tell us nothing about the nature of the new jobs being created or the extent of the decline in real wages in Scotland. Very long-term unemployment has doubled over the past year. Employment and unemployment aren’t close to attaining pre-2008 levels.
“The STUC isn’t confident that this robust performance can be maintained through 2013. With the bulk of spending cuts still to come and consumption likely to remain constrained due to rapidly declining real wages, the Scottish labour market is not yet out of the woods”.
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