Speaking on publication of the latest set of labour market statistics which show an increase in unemployment of 19,000 over the 3 months to November 2011, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“The recent rise in Scottish unemployment is as dramatic as it is shocking. As late as November last year Fraser of Allander were forecasting unemployment of 234,000 by the end of 2012; we are nearly there already.
“The headline statistics may be worrying but they underplay the state of the labour market. The STUC’s estimate of Scotland’s full-time unemployment deficit which we published today, suggests that over half a million people are unable to access the full-time employment they require to make ends meet.
“The Coalition Government needs to urgently consider whether it regards high and rising unemployment as a priority issue. If it does, then the problem demands a wholesale revisiting of its failing economic strategy. As things stand there is almost no prospect of the labour market improving over the next couple of years and Scotland is almost doomed to exit this depression with significantly higher levels of structural unemployment”.
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