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Scottish unemployment 'still too high'

Today’s unemployment figures show that too many Scots are out of work, according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

CAS Chief Executive Lucy McTernan said,

“The figures released today make one thing very clear. There are too many people in Scotland who can’t find work and are suffering as a result.

“Clearly both UK and Scottish Governments must take action to create jobs. But it is also vital is that there is a strong network of support for those who are out of work in the meantime. CAB offices across the country are being overwhelmed by people who are in financial crisis as a result of being out of work.

“These are not just statistics – they are real people, with real lives and real bills to pay. Being unable to work hits your ability to pay your mortgage, rent, food and fuel bills. People need support to get them through these difficult times, and that means the UK government must ensure that their welfare reform process is handled sensitively and does not make things worse for those in need. And they also need to make sure that their programme of public sector cuts don’t diminish the services on which vulnerable people most depend.

“What is particularly worrying in this is the growing number of young Scots who are without work. We published a report last week showing that the number of 18-24 year old claimants had increased by a massive 70% since the recession started. Today’s report shows that there are 39,000 fewer young Scots in employment than two years ago. We are seeing the creation of a lost generation of young Scots.”

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The CAS report on young people, Being Young Being Heard can be accessed below.