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article imageScottish unemployment rises by 6,000

By Darren Brown     Mar 14, 2012 in Lifestyle
The unemployment rate in Scotland has risen by a figure of 6,000 in three months to the end of January, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics.
The statistics show that the unemployment rate in Scotland is 8.7 percent, which is above the UK average of 8.4 percent. The total unemployment statistics, including those who are not eligible for benefits from the Government, is 234,000, which is 18000 higher than just a year ago.
The number of Scottish people on benefits such as the Jobseekers allowance rose to 142,800 in February, which is 600 higher than the previous month and 5400 higher than last year.
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney claimed that this is proof that UK chancellor George Osbourne needed to take "urgent action to create jobs" in next week's UK Budget..
However, Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont, rebutted Mr Swinney's claims. She accused the First Minister of obsessed with the concept of Independence that he has overlooked the plights of the people he claims to represent. "The number of people losing their jobs in Scotland under the SNP continues to grow while a complacent first minister puts all of his focus on separating us from the United Kingdom."
The statistics herald an unfortunate future, there is a very low likelihood that there will be a market recovery in 2012 that could help solve the unemployment crisis.
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