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UNEMPLOYMENT UNDERLINES NEED TO PUT ECONOMY FIRST

[ 15-09-2010 ]

Commenting on the news that Scottish unemployment has risen to 239,000, or 8.9% of the workforce, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: 

“The fact that the Scottish unemployment rate is now far in excess of the UK average is very worrying indeed, particularly as Scotland is likely to be heavily exposed to public sector spending cuts over the next few years.  Unemployment has been falling in the rest of the UK for most of this year, but here in Scotland the numbers are heading in the wrong direction.  Whilst it is true that Scotland lagged the UK as a whole in falling into recession, we need to regain momentum quickly on the upswing. 

“The economic signs are conflicting at the moment and we are awaiting the results of the Comprehensive Spending Review and the Scottish Budget before we have a clear indication of where Governments north and south of the border are taking the country.  Businesses have a huge task to create new jobs and wealth in our economy and we need to have the support of Government in creating the right environment for success.  This must be the priority for Scottish politicians of all parties as we head towards next year’s Scottish Elections.”
 

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