SCC COMMENT ON SCOTTISH UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES
[ 17-04-2015 ]
Commenting on the publication of official data which shows that unemployment in Scotland rose by 9,000 in the three months to February and that employment rose by 3,000 during the same period, Liz Cameron, Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Once again we have some mixed news in terms of unemployment in Scotland. Obviously, it is disappointing that unemployment has risen again and that Scotland’s unemployment rate is higher than that of the UK as a whole. Against that, however, it is more encouraging that employment levels are rising and that there are more than 2.6 million people in work in Scotland.
“This underlines the need to ensure that Scotland’s skills provision and careers advice is right in order to maximise employment opportunities and reduce levels of inactivity and under-employment. Scotland is making progress here, but it is clear that this work needs to be accelerated if unemployment is to be tackled. This means that the solutions must be business-led and that skills provision must be driven primarily by business demand.
“As business, we look to the Government to adopt an extension in the provision of childcare to help parents continue in and return to employment. This is a practical measure that can enable business to employ more people as the Scottish economy grows and opportunities increase.”
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