Commenting on the release of official figures which show that Scottish unemployment rose by 3,000 (0.1%) in the three months to February, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Scottish businesses are displaying a spirit of optimism as business confidence is increasing, and inflation falling. The release of these figures shows that the Scottish unemployment rate is at 6.5%, below the average of the whole of the UK of 6.9%.
“It is encouraging to see more women in Scotland moving into work, enabling businesses to take advantage of a wide pool of skills and expertise.
“However, these figures act as a reminder that a level of fragility remains in the employment market as Scottish unemployment rose by 3,000 (0.1%).
“A focused business-led effort, supported by policy makers is required to address the skills shortages that our businesses are reporting. This will enable people in Scotland to develop the skills required to succeed in the labour market.”