SNP Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed new labour market statistics showing that that unemployment in Scotland fell by 7,000 over the quarter to February. Employment has increased in Scotland for nine months in a row, and has now also increased compared to a year ago – by 25,000 – while unemployment has fallen for the fifth consecutive month. Scotland is the only nation in the UK where this sustained progress has been achieved.
Nicola commented: “These statistics show that the SNP Government was right to support jobs and stimulate investment by deferring last year’s UK-imposed spending cuts to protect recovery. The Tory-Lib Dem economic policies coming from Westminster are wrong-headed and are damaging to Scotland.
“Falling unemployment is welcome but there is much more to do. Scotland needs much better job creating powers. Re-electing the SNP Government is the key to securing them so we can build on the positive work the Scottish Governmenthas done to strengthen the economy, boost employment, and bring unemployment down.”