Commenting on the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:
“This is as strong a set of statistics as we have seen for some months and the Scottish employment rate is now within touching distance of achieving its pre-recession peak. The significant fall in unemployment comes after a period when the decline appeared to be stalling.
“The remarkable feature of today’s statistics is the continuing surge in women’s employment in Scotland: women again account for the total rise in employment in the period between October and December and fully 87% of the net new jobs over the past two years. Across the UK as a whole the figure is only 52%.
“The rapid increase in women’s employment is clearly to be welcomed but a number of serious questions remain over the quality and security of the work being created. Unfortunately today’s statistics provide us with no information in that respect.
“The slow improvement in the Scottish labour market is plainly continuing but a number of factors are conflating to increase the fragility of the recovery. Therefore, it is essential that the Chancellor uses next month’s Budget to increase public investment and maintain the path of employment growth.”
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