Commenting on official statistics published today which confirm another substantial rise in Scottish unemployment, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
“For the first time during the current economic turmoil, official statistics show the unemployment rate in Scotland to be above the UK average. The real concern is that another substantial rise in Scottish unemployment is confirmed on the day that the new Government appears set to implement immediate and deep cuts to public spending.
“High unemployment, low business investment, a highly uncertain global economic outlook and ongoing problems with availability and cost of finance are combining to ensure that the recovery is extremely fragile. The last thing the Scottish economy needs is for Government to join households and firms in the deleveraging frenzy.
“The prospect of a double dip recession has become real and immediate and there is a danger that the UK economy could enter a prolonged deflationary period. It appears that the fate of Scotland’s unemployed is very far down the list of the new Government’s priorities”.
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