Unemployment falls by 0.6%

The latest unemployment figures from the ONS have been released showing a fall by 146,000 in the UK, with a fall of 0.6% in Scotland in the 3 months of July and a rise of 45,000 in employment.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander commented:

"These very strong numbers show that the United Kingdom is becoming the employment powerhouse of the major economies.  UK unemployment has seen the largest annual fall on record.  

"The nations of the United Kingdom are recovering together.  On the eve of the most important vote in the history of these islands, Scotland’s employment has risen by 45,000 in the 3 months to July.  These numbers, and our strengthening recovery, are a powerful demonstration of how we are better together.  

"As we cast our ballots tomorrow, we will be holding not just Scotland's recovery in our hands, but our prosperity for generations to come. We should follow the evidence and vote ‘No Thanks’ as the only way to make sure we keep creating jobs in Scotland.  Not voting, or voting ‘Yes’ will send our country down the high risk road to irreversible separation and economic disaster."

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