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SCC WELCOME FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT

[ 17-04-2013 ]

Commenting on the release of official figures which show that unemployment in Scotland fell by 11,000 in the three months to February, Scottish Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive, Liz Cameron, said:
 
“There has been a sustained downward trend in unemployment for some time now and it is important that this has been accompanied by a rise in employment to its highest level in over a decade.  This is very welcome but since this has coincided with a period of weak annualised economic growth, the challenge going forward must be to ensure that government and business work together to ensure effective skills utilisation and productivity in the workforce.
 
“Scottish Chambers of Commerce have been working to help address this situation through such successful initiatives as Education into Enterprise and the Graduate Recruitment Incentive schemes and, more recently, our research work with Skills Development Scotland to identify skills needs.
 
“The fact that so many people are employed in Scotland is testament to the resilience of our businesses but future success will depend upon effective skills utilisation.”
 
 

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