Commenting on the release of official figures which show that Scottish unemployment fell by 6,000 in the three months to January, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Scottish unemployment is falling and employment levels are rising and these figures are good news for the Scottish economy. Against a background of GDP growth and increasing levels of business optimism, many of the key indicators are painting a promising picture. Indeed, Scotland has seen the second highest increase in employment rates in the UK over the past year.
“However the economic activity rate amongst women in Scotland continues to lag behind that for men. As the economy grows, businesses’ demand for skills will increase and we will require the widest possible pool of skills to draw from. That will mean assisting women back into employment who are currently outside the labour market and a key factor in this will be the availability of affordable childcare. Politicians in London and Edinburgh are promising changes in the future, but business needs these changes now if we are to make best use of the skills that our country and our people have invested in.”