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FSB on ‘unsettling’ Scottish jobs figures

Official statistics published today show that unemployment in Scotland rose to 4.1% in the three months to October. Employment in Scotland fell by 32,000 over the period while UK unemployment was unchanged.

Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “Even though unemployment is still low, Scotland’s headline jobs indicators are now moving in the wrong direction. That’s unsettling for policymakers and devastating for those without work.  

“Tomorrow’s Scottish Government budget is a key opportunity for Ministers to set out their ambitions for the country. A majority of Scottish firms are against changes to income tax, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t action which Ministers could take to kick-start growth and help firms create jobs. 

“Addressing long-term problems with local roads and pushing forward with plans to deliver universal broadband would be good places to start.”