Commenting on today’s ONS labour market statistics for Scotland which confirmed another significant rise in unemployment and even bigger fall in employment, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“The best thing that can be said about these statistics is that the pace of increase in unemployment has slowed. A full four years after the start of the recession unemployment remains more than double pre-recession levels and there are still some 75,000 less jobs. There is no sign of a robust labour market recovery in 2012.
“As the STUC has consistently pointed out, the priority must be to prevent this cyclical unemployment becoming structural. Next Wednesday the Chancellor will announce his 2012 Budget. It is essential we see genuine action to boost demand and employment now. If not, Scotland will be paying the human, social and economic costs for decades to come”.
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