Speaking on publication of the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:
“Today’s figures, which show that the steady improvement in the Scottish labour market is continuing, are welcome.
“However, the complacent political response to monthly figures is becoming very frustrating. Both unemployment and employment have a long way to go before pre-recession rates are achieved. Youth unemployment is stubbornly high with the over 65s the only age group to show an increase in its employment rate since the recession. Wages show little sign of a robust recovery; only yesterday the NIESR forecast that wages are unlikely to recover their 2009 value for another four years. It is also interesting to note that over the past year the pace of the labour market recovery has slowed in Scotland relative to the UK as a whole.
“Given the inadequacy of the Scottish statistics, nothing new was learned today about full-time, part-time or self-employment although it would be surprising if Scotland escaped the further steep fall in real wages confirmed in the UK figures.
“The labour market might be improving but a long road remains to be travelled before the recovery is complete”.
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