Lib Dems comment on latest employment figures

Commenting as figures show both the unemployment rate and the employment rate have fallen in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

“The drop in unemployment is reassuring but over 200,000 people remain out of work. It is crucial that the Scottish Government invests in our colleges to equip more people with permanent skills.

“It is the employment figures which sound the alarm bells. There are over 50,000 extra jobs in the rest of the UK, whereas there are 27,000 less in Scotland. With half a million more private sector jobs in the rest of the UK since last year, both of Scotland’s governments must work together to identify opportunities to get people back to work.”

Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said:

"In tough economics times I welcome the news that unemployment fell in Scotland over the last three months and 3,100 people fewer people claim jobseeker's allowance compared to one year ago."

"This is why we set out a package of measures in the autumn statement last week to protect the economy, support growth and ensure fairness while maintaining the crucial fiscal strategy."

"As a result of these targeted growth measures, the Scottish Government will receive more than £300 million of new money, in addition to the £1 billion it has already received since the spending review, all of which it can invest in shovel-ready projects."