Commenting on the news that unemployment in Scotland rose by 10,000 in the three months to July, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Whilst it is disappointing that unemployment has risen, it is important to bear in mind that employment is also rising and that the Scottish rate of unemployment remains below the UK average.
“This is another clear signal that whilst many economic indicators may be improving, we are far from being out of the woods and there is no room for complacency, especially when it comes to creating and sustaining jobs in Scotland. That is why Scottish Chambers of Commerce is proud to be taking our Graduate Recruitment Incentive Scotland-wide this year and we will be working with small businesses to place 270 graduates into permanent jobs suited to their qualifications between now and April 2014.
“Our pilot project earlier this year was successful in getting almost 100 graduates into employment, 70% of whom were previously either unemployed or underemployed. Businesses across Scotland are working towards growth and continue to require support to ensure continued success.”