Scotland is facing a much larger challenge with unemployment than the UK as a whole. It is expected to be much worse as public spending is cut. One in four jobs in Scotland is a public sector job. As funding is cut it is inevitable more will join the ranks of the unemployed.
Michael Moore, the Scottish Secretary said: “Each rise in unemployment is serious and shows the scale of the challenge we face in getting the economy back to health.”
“There is no doubt Scotland’s governments must work together to do everything we can to help those who have lost their jobs get back into work as quickly as possible.”
David Whitton, Scottish Labour finance spokesman added: “Scotland should not be lagging behind the rest of the UK in unemployment rates and it is time for Alex Salmond to do something about it.”
The number of Scots out of work increased by 8,000 between March and May of this year. For the same time period the UK as a whole lost 34,000. The total reported for Scotland was 216,000 with an unemployment rate of 8.1 per cent. The rate for the UK as a whole is 7.8 per cent.