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Scottish Unemployment Rises as UK Figure Falls

[ 16-07-2014 ]

Commenting on the publication of official figures which show that Scottish unemployment rose by 13,000 to 192,000 in the three months to May 2014, moving up from 6.5% to 6.9%. This trend is in stark contrast to UK figures which indicate a fall in unemployment from 6.9% to 6.5%.

This can largely be attributed to an increase in female unemployment which accounts for approximately 11,000 of the increase in unemployment, representing a rise from 5.9% to 6.6%, compared to the UK unemployment rate for females of 6.3%. Scottish unemployment figures also illustrate a rise in the number of males unemployed, which rose by 0.2% to 7.2%, an increase of approximately 1,000.

Additionally, the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) has fallen by 4,000 to 96,000.

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The latest rise in Scotland’s level of unemployment provides further evidence of the need for there to be a stronger practical plan in place to ensure that the growth and skill needs of business are being met by the aspirations and relevant skills of those individuals who are unemployed.  It is clear that we must revisit the support environment to enable more females to enter and remain in the job market together with an upskilling and reskilling plan as a matter of real urgency.

“It is worth noting that these results also indicate a recent increase in the number of people entering the job market, that is, those no longer economically inactive. The total number of people in Scotland who are economically inactive has decreased by 10,000 in the three months to May 2014, moving from 21.5% to 21.2%. Thus, showing that there has been an influx into the job market in recent months.

“A number of key economic reports have been released this week, which show that we still need to closely monitor business growth, avoiding any short-term reactions which could have an immediate impact to the cost of doing business. “