Commenting on official statistics published today which confirm yet another rise in Scottish unemployment, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said:
“For the third successive month during the current economic turmoil, official statistics show the unemployment rate in Scotland to be above the UK average. The very real prospect of Scottish unemployment rising even more rapidly when the effects of the Chancellor’s budget announcements on public spending on both the public and private sectors take effect looms darkly on the horizon.
“The extreme fragility of the economic recovery in Scotland is confirmed by the combination of high unemployment, low business investment, a highly uncertain global economic outlook and ongoing problems with availability and cost of finance.
“Today’s suggestion by the Secretary of State for Scotland that the raising of National Insurance Contribution thresholds and reductions in business taxes will be an adequate driver for job creation lacks credibility.
“As the STUC warned before the announcement of the cuts in public spending, the prospect of a slow and jobless recovery has become real and immediate and there is still a danger that the UK economy could enter a deflationary period. The suspicion remains that the fate of Scotland’s unemployed is very far down the list of the new Government’s priorities”.
For further information contact Dave Moxham or Kevin Buchanan 0141 337 8100