Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed news that youth unemployment experienced the biggest fall in 20 years and unemployment in Scotland fell by 4,000 over the three months to January 2013, as shown by official statistics published.
Scotland now has a lower headline unemployment rate of 7.4 per cent than the UK’s at 7.8% and a lower youth unemployment rate of 17.0% in Scotland compared to 20.6% per cent in the UK.
This is the fourth month in a row that shows unemployment in Scotland is falling and Scotland’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest in over three years.
Commenting, George said:
“These figures show that the SNP’s commitment to job creation and addressing youth unemployment is working. Unemployment has fallen by 4,000 and youth unemployment has fallen by levels not seen for over 20 years.
“But there is no room for complacency. No matter how much progress is made, there can be no let up as long as even one young person needs help finding their way out of unemployment.
“The time when young people are starting out in their careers has a massive effect on their life chances, so it is absolutely critical that every support possible is provided.
“Looking at the improvements Scotland has made with its current limited powers, we know we could achieve so much more armed with the full economic and fiscal powers of a normal independent nation.”