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Report on Jobs

May 19, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 19 -- The Scottish government issued the following news:

Commenting on the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said:

"These figures are welcome and signal the continued improvement in Scottish labour market conditions.

"They follow on from this week's labour market figures which show that employment levels are at their highest since records began, with 2,585,000 people now employed in Scotland. Latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics report that the Scottish economy increased by 1.6 per cent during 2013, the fastest annual growth since 2007.

"The recovery in Scotland's economy is continuing to make headway, but there is no room for complacency. That is why we are also continuing to invest, through our schools, colleges and universities, to ensure people of all ages have the skills our economy requires.

"As Scotland's Future outlines, with the full fiscal and economic powers of independence, the Scottish Government could do so much more to strengthen our economy and create more jobs."

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