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Official statistics have revealed that unemployment in Scotland rose by 9,000 in the three months leading up to February

Official statistics have revealed that unemployment in Scotland rose by 9,000 in the three months leading up to February. The figure now stands at 167,000. This is the second increase in a row for Scotland, following on from an increase of 6,000 seen in the last report. Unemployment in Scotland now stands at 6 per cent, compared with 5.6 per cent for the UK as a whole.

However the number of people in employment in Scotland was reported to be up by 3,000 with the figure reaching 2,615,000. This means Scotland’s employment rate has improved to 74.2 per cent, which is above the UK average of 73.4 per cent. The number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in Scotland fell by 1,400 between February and March, reaching 78,400. The claimant count figure is significantly lower than a year ago, and it now stands at its lowest level since July 2008.

“Once again we have some mixed news in terms of unemployment in Scotland,” claimed Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Liz Cameron. “Obviously, it is disappointing that unemployment has risen again and that Scotland’s unemployment rate is higher than that of the UK as a whole. Against that, however, it is more encouraging that employment levels are rising and that there are more than 2.6 million people in work in Scotland.”

Trust Deed Scotland, a leading provider of debt advice and other services for Scottish residents, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. A spokesperson provided this statement: “It’s unfortunate that unemployment levels are rising, and it goes to show that residents of the country will have to be careful if they want to keep on top of their bills. Of course, just being in employment doesn’t mean that you won’t have any debt problems, and there are thousands of people still suffering with money issues across the country. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your debt then there are solutions available, and Trust Deed Scotland can provide free and impartial advice based around your needs.”

Trust Deed Scotland® Ltd is a leading debt advisory service for Scottish residents. They are 100% owned and operated in Scotland, with a 98% trustpilot rating owing to their free, qualified debt advice. They are able to advise on the suitability of Trust Deeds and a number of alternatives, including The Debt Arrangement Scheme, Debt consolidation and Sequestration.

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