Commenting on the latest set of official labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“It is always dangerous to read too much into one set of ONS figures but today’s report does provide some cause for sober reflection. The big fall in unemployment witnessed in last month’s figures hasn’t been sustained with the Scottish rate now back to over 3% above its trough of summer 2008.
“While the Scottish Government is correct to draw attention to the significant rise in employment over the year to December, it is becoming a concern that the strong momentum of the first half of last year doesn’t appear to have carried through into the second. The employment rate of 72.8% between October and December is the same as that for June to August. Over 100,000 net new jobs are still required to take the employment rate back to its summer 2008 peak.
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