Commenting on Labour Market Statistics for the three months ending May 2020 published today (16th July) by the ONS, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:
“The increase in the unemployment rate during this period covering a time when the economy was in lockdown presents a worrying picture. Jobs in Scotland face and will continue to face an immense threat as government support tapers off in the coming months.
“While job losses will have been tempered by the UK Government furlough scheme, the medium to long term outlook remains uncertain.
“We need to see consumer demand stimulated rapidly over the next few months and a programme of further government support targeted towards those most at risk of long-term unemployment.’’