STUC on labour market statistics

November 16th 2016

Commenting on publication of the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“The fall in unemployment reported today really shouldn’t blind people to the significant fall in employment and further surge in inactivity. The fall in unemployment in Scotland over the past two years is wholly accounted for by rising inactivity; employment has fallen.

“Rising inactivity can only be positive if more people are entering education and training. However, the number of people who cite being a student as the reason they are currently inactive has remained static over this period.

“In announcing his Autumn Statement a week today, it is essential that the Chancellor dispenses with failed austerity and introduces a new programme of job-creating investment”.

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