Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed a record rise in employment at the same time as the number of people out of work has continued to fall in Scotland. Employment increased by 54,000 over the period January to March – the largest quarterly rise since 1992 when the figures began. While the number of people out of work across the UK continued to rise, figures showed that in Scotland there was a drop of 7,000 in the unemployment total over the period January to March.
“I am pleased to see that we have a record rise in employment across Scotland and in East Kilbride the number of people claiming unemployment benefits has gone down. These record figures are show that Scotland has higher employment and lower unemployment than the rest of the UK. To achieve the largest increase in Scottish employment since these records began in 1992 is a fantastic sign of progress and is the clearest possible signal that the steps we are taking to secure economic recovery are having a real and positive impact.
“These stronger employment statistics in Scotland are no accident and are testament to the wide range of measures the SNP Government has put in place to create and secure jobs. We cannot be complacent and we must continue to bring in new initiatives that create jobs, especially for younger people who have been affected the most by global economic decline.
“Over the year, youth employment has increased by 4.3% and youth unemployment has decreased by 6.4%. More Scottish young people are in jobs compared to the rest of the UK where youth unemployment stands at 20.3%. This is down to the Scottish Government’s incentives for companies to ‘Make Young People Their Business’ under the stewardship of the UK’s first dedicated Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance MSP.
“Through a variety of schemes, East Kilbride companies such as DHL Supply Chain for Sainsbury’s, The Optical Factory, Merson Signs and ABRA Secure Self Storage & Trade Centre have all been able to support young East Kilbride people into work. I would always take the opportunity to encourage any other companies to get in touch with my office to see what support packages they can receive to give a young person a training or work opportunity with their company.
“The progress that has been achieved in Scotland shows why it is right that we are setting our own course for recovery with the limited powers the Scottish Parliament currently holds. Yet with the powers of an independent Scotland we could do even more to boost our economy and get more people into jobs. Only a Yes vote in next September’s referendum will give us the economic and fiscal powers we need to build the fairer, more prosperous nation that we all want to live in.”
The latest employment statistics show:
- Scotland has seen the largest quarterly increase in employment on record, with headline employment rising by 54,000 in the three month period January to March 2013.
- Scotland is out-performing the UK with a higher employment rate and lower unemployment rate.
- The Scottish youth employment rate is continuing to make encouraging progress with more young people in work and youth unemployment falling again.