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Scotland – Labour market worse off than rest of UK

17 October 2012

The Scottish labour market has seen a steeper decline than the rest of the UK as the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) claims that up to 40 people are chasing every job opening in the worst hit area of West Dunbartonshire.

The union has analysed the Scottish labour market in its latest report “A Future that Works” on Tuesday, looking at developments since 2008.

“The analysis we are publishing shows that over the past four years Scotland has experienced steeper declines in total employment and full-time employment than any other part of the United Kingdom and a steeper increase in ILO unemployment,” said STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith.

He also said that Scotland had seen a +400% rise in long-term youth unemployment since 2008 with graduates struggling to find jobs.

“Whilst on a number of indicators Scotland has performed slightly better than the rest of the United Kingdom, the inescapable conclusion is that the Scottish labour market has performed relatively badly since the recession started,” Mr Smith said.

“This has been obscured by Scotland entering the recession with a better performing labour market than the UK as a whole which has meant that headline statistics have often compared positively despite the decline being steeper in Scotland.”

The STUC is taking to the streets this Saturday to protest about “wrong-headed austerity policies.”

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