STUC on labour market statistics

February 16th 2011

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Commenting on the latest labour markets statistics published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

"Any fall in unemployment is to be welcomed but the entirety of the statistics does not provide any cause for celebration. The claimant-count continues to rise, long-term unemployment is increasing on a number of measures and employment remains far below pre-recession levels. Jobs growth is being driven by the increase in part-time work and today's figures again show a steep rise in involuntary part-time working.

"With the Bank of England again raising concerns over the weakness of the recovery, the STUC has little confidence that 2011 will witness a sustainable recovery in the Scottish labour market. Indeed, with public spending cuts set to really bite on employment from April, the potential is there for unemployment to increase significantly over the coming year."

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