19 March 2019

Responding to today’s labour market statistics, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

"These headline figures look encouraging but we know that being in work does not necessarily lift a person out of poverty, because of the crisis of low pay and insecure contracts across our economy.

"The Fraser of Allander institute notes that earnings growth in Scotland appears to be lagging behind the rest of the UK.

"SNP ministers hailing these figures as a sign of the health of the economy are not living in the real world. Real earnings are still lower than before the financial crash. People are working hard but still struggling.

"That's why Labour would introduce a plan for high quality jobs, with an industrial strategy, a real living wage and an end to zero hours contracts so that work will pay for people across Scotland."

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