Commenting on the release of official data which shows that Scottish unemployment fell by 25,000 in the three months to November, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Scottish businesses are gaining in confidence and creating new job opportunities and that is why our unemployment rate has fallen to 6.4% - well below the UK average. There is an increasing weight of evidence that the Scottish economy is at last entering a period of sustained growth and that GDP levels might soon return to their pre-recessionary mark.
“Rising levels of employment and falling unemployment are further indicators that businesses are sufficiently confident of future prospects that they feel secure in investing in new staff. As we enter 2014, Scottish Chambers of Commerce are picking up more evidence of improving confidence levels and we will be looking for sustained economic growth for the remainder of this year.”