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Unemployment fall is only ‘a glimmer of good news’

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) have said that today’s decrease in unemployment in Scotland is just a glimmer of good news, and that they still fear the impact of public sector cuts will mean more job losses next year.

Commenting on the figures, CAS Chief Executive Lucy McTernan said,

“Of course this is welcome news, but we must see it in context. Scotland still has a higher unemployment rate than the rest of the UK. This is only a glimmer of good news that will be little comfort for those still unemployed and those who fear they are about to be.

“Anyone who doubts this should see the huge numbers of people in the waiting rooms of CAB offices across Scotland – facing this Christmas without a job and worrying how they will meet the rising costs of fuel bills, rent or mortgage and food - nevermind Christmas itself. That’s the real economic picture in Scotland today.

“Moreover, we are very worried that the impact of the public sector cuts will start another upward trend in Scottish unemployment in 2011. We could call on both Scottish and UK governments to pursue policies which will help people stay in their jobs and protect the income of those who do not. In particular we think more targeted help is needed for young people, who in many ways have been most severely affected by the recession.”

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