STUC on Labour Market Statistics

January 20th 2016

Commenting after the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland were published by ONS, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

"There is no doubt that today's figures are very positive with a significant increase in employment and a similar fall in unemployment. It is noteworthy that the employment rate has now achieved its pre-recession peak.

"However, once again, men account for all the growth in jobs and most of the fall in unemployment. Given that there's no plausible explanation for the rapidly deteriorating relative position of women in the Scottish labour market, the STUC is concerned at the quality of the gender disaggregated statistics and would encourage ONS to reassess its processes in this respect".

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