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Scottish unemployment rises

New jobs in Fife and Lothians, but jobless rate up

Jobs advertsUnemployment has risen in Scotland against a decline across the UK as a whole, up by 11,000 to 166,000, equal to a rate of 6% (UK: 5.3%).

The UK figure shows the number of unemployed fell by more than 100,0000 over the same period, to 1.75 million.

These latest figures come as the Fife Taskforce said it had found jobs for 288 of the 446 Tullis Russell workers who were laid off when the paper factory closed.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The fact that seven out of ten Tullis Russell workers have been re-employed demonstrates not only the effectiveness of the Taskforce, but is testament to the skilled workforce of Fife.

“The Scottish Government has supported the taskforce with £6 million and there is still much work to do to ensure this best supports local communities and the wider Fife economy. But the right people are around the table and I am confident that there will be more positive outcomes from the work of the Fife Taskforce.”

Jobs are being created by care homes provider Mears on the back of increasing demand for support services. The company needs 120 staff which will double the size of its operations in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Theresa Cull, regional director for Mears in Scotland, said: “The increasing number of people requiring support means that demand for home care services is growing at an extraordinary rate, with more and more families realising that this is a viable and affordable alternative to residential care, or nursing homes.”

Recent figures show that more than four million people over the age of 65 in the UK – around one in two – have some sort of care need.

About two million have difficulty with one or more daily tasks, such as washing, dressing, cooking or eating. By 2037, the number of people in Scotland aged over 70 will increase by 50% and the number of those over 75 will increase by 80%.

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