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|FSB: Jobs figures should focus minds|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2016|
Unemployment in Scotland increased by 20,000 between December and February to 171,000, according to official figures published today. The Scottish unemployment rate is now 6.2%, compared with 5.1% for the UK as a whole.
Andy Willox, FSB Scottish Policy Convenor, said: “These statistics should focus minds for those pounding pavements on the Holyrood campaign trail.
“Our research shows Scottish small business confidence faltering. Firms are dealing with a raft of new challenges, including the National Living Wage and pension auto-enrolment deadlines.
“While many parts of Scotland continue to do well, too many communities still suffer from the mistakes of the past, while some local economies face new challenges for which they seem unprepared.
“The need to develop stronger local businesses and robust local economies is at the heart of current FSB thinking in Scotland. We need to get behind our army of small businesses and make it as easy as possible for Scottish firms to create jobs and drive local prosperity.”
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