What is the SNP doing to tackle unemployment?

The SNP has made strong progress with the powers we have to create jobs and grow our economy. More people are in work than when the recession hit, unemployment is at a near historic low and we are outperforming the UK on both youth and female employment.

We have published a new Labour Market Strategy, informed by the work of the independent Fair Work Convention, setting out how we will boost competitiveness and tackle inequality.

To support businesses to expand and create jobs, the SNP Scottish Government has slashed or abolished business rates for 100,000 premises – saving small businesses £1.2 billion so far. At Westminster, we will propose a doubling of the Employment Allowance – the National Insurance discount that businesses receive when they increase employment.