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FORSYTH ENCOURAGED BY FALL IN SCOTS UNEMPLOYMENT

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Commenting on the Scottish unemployment figures for January 1996, which show a decrease in the seasonally adjusted ...
Commenting on the Scottish unemployment figures for January 1996, which show a decrease in the seasonally adjusted total of 1,800 to 193,800 (7.8% of the workforce) and an increase in the unadjusted total of 11,234 to 206,827 (8.3% of the workforce) Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth said:

'The January unemployment figures provide a very encouraging start to 1996 with the seasonally adjusted total in Scotland falling by 1,800. The figures also reveal that long term unemployment has fallen by almost 15% over the last year. This is further good news.

'These unemployment figures are one of a series of recent good news stories on the Scottish economy. The CBI report that Scottish firms are more optimistic about business conditions, on average, than elsewhere in the UK. Last week's export data from the Scottish Council Development and Industry/Scottish Enterprise show that the overall performance of manufactured exports from Scotland remains outstanding, with estimated growth of almost 14% to £16.2bn in 1995.

'The Index of Production and Construction, also released last week, shows further healthy levels of growth in industrial output in the third quarter of 1995.

'Taken together, these figures provide good reason for confidence. The facts speak for themselves - the government's economic policies are continuing to improve the performance of the Scottish economy and benefit the people of Scotland.'
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