Commenting on publication of the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
"Today's statistics are another mixed bag which emphasise again that the recovery in Scotland's labour market is a slow and uneven process. The small increase in unemployment and rise in employment are attributable to another fall in economic inactivity which is now at a historically low level.
"With unemployment, as measured by both level and rate, still significantly higher than before the recession, the key test of the strength of the Scottish labour market over the coming year will be whether people leaving inactivity manage to keep finding jobs.
"The STUC has ongoing concerns over the quality and sustainability of the new jobs being created. Although the real terms increase in wages across the UK is encouraging, there is a very long way to go until wages recover their pre-recession value".
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