Commenting on the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
"Nearly 15 months since Scotland technically exited recession, the monthly statistics confirm once again that the labour market remains in a very fragile and worrying condition. The small drop in the claimant count is welcome but is matched by a rise in ILO unemployment.
"The headline statistics do not reflect the true state of the labour market. The rise in employment is accounted for by increasing numbers of people working in part-time, not full-time, jobs. Youth unemployment continues to rise and long-term unemployment among all age groups is unacceptably high.
"With the Budget just a week away, the Chancellor must decide whether he is content for unemployment to remain high for longer than is necessary; thereby repeating the mistakes of past recessions. The Budget must include measures to boost job creation and provide effective help to the unemployed. A reversal of the VAT increase would be a good place to start".
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