Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

Commenting on the release of official data which shows that unemployment in Scotland fell by 14,000 in the three months to September and that employment also fell by 25,000 over the same period, Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has warned against complacency on the part of Government and has called on a renewed focus on supporting business growth.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

 “Whilst the news of falling unemployment in Scotland is very welcome, this does not tell the whole story about what is happening in Scotland’s jobs market.  The fact is that the number of people in work in Scotland is falling, with Scotland having seen the second largest decrease in its employment rate across the 12 UK regions and nations over the past year, with only the South West of England recording a worse decline.

 “If Scotland is to get back on the path to stronger economic performance, then we need more people in work and only Scotland’s businesses can deliver this.  That is why it is vital that the UK and Scottish Governments use their upcoming Autumn Statement and Scottish Budget respectively to deliver tangible support to our businesses and thus provide a clear boost to business confidence at this time.

 “In the midst of wider uncertainties, a clear message that supporting business is at the top of our Governments’ agenda will help encourage firms to invest in their future growth and in their staff.”