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FSB praises jobs figures but calls for action to boost workforce skills

New official statistics published today show unemployment in Scotland fell by 0.1% between April and June to 4.2%. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show employment also increased over the same period. 

Andrew McRae, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scotland Policy Chair, said: “Falling unemployment is good news for communities up and down Scotland, no matter how small the decrease. Despite a tricky political backdrop, many Scottish smaller firms are ploughing on – taking on staff and growing their businesses. 

“But if we want to turn these historically good unemployment figures into sustained growth, we need to boost the country’s skills. As the Scottish Government looks toward priorities for the year ahead, we’ve made the case for new measures to encourage more people to improve their skills – especially those in work. 

“That might mean the development of more vocational skills academies or action to encourage the biggest businesses to support the development of their supply chain. Likely forthcoming immigration changes and rapidly advancing technology underlines the case for a smarter Scottish skills system for those already employed.”