Commenting after the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland were published by ONS, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
"Today's statistics are a reminder that the labour market recovery can't be taken for granted. Although unemployment between October and December fell on the previous three months it has increased by 13,000 on the same period last year. The unemployment figure reported today is also 10,000 higher than that for September - October reported last month.
"It is good that the employment rate is now back to around its pre-recession peak but too many jobs created have been low wage and precarious. It is essential that policy at all levels of government focuses on the creation of sustainable, quality employment".
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