STUC on new labour market statistics

August 13th 2014

Responding to the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“Today’s figures confirm that the steady, if far from spectacular recovery, in the Scottish labour market continued during the three months to June. The unemployment rate fell very slightly while the small increase in the employment level wasn’t sufficient to improve the rate.

“The unprecedented collapse in real wages at UK level worsened over this period with the data confirming a nominal – before adjusting for inflation – fall. This, together with stubbornly high youth unemployment, high underemployment and the ongoing rise in insecure forms of work, means there is no room whatsoever for complacency at this time.”


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