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Unemployment figures 'nothing to celebrate'

Citizens Advice Scotland have said the latest unemployment figures still show too many Scots unable to get work

Acording to today’s figures, the ‘headline’ unemployment rate is down, but the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in June was up by 1,500.

CAS Chief Executive Lucy McTernan said,

“There is nothing to celebrate in these figures. Once again the claimant count is up. That means there are more people in Scotland who want to work but are not able to.

“And of course what these figures don’t show is the large numbers of people who are stuck in low-paid or part-time jobs that don’t meet their economic needs. CABs all over Scotland are seeing more and more of such people – many of them young Scots who are really frustrated at their inability to advance in life.

“The human truth behind the monthly statistics is that the cost of living is going up all the time, and many people are simply unable to cope with that financially.”

For more information please contact Tony Hutson on 0131 550 1010.

NB This is the number of the CAS Press Office, for use by journalists only. If you are a member of the public looking for CAB advice please contact your local bureau. Details of all Scottish bureaux can be found here.