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Debate on Scottish unemployment

On 5 December 2012, MPs took part in a Westminster Hall debate on unemployment in Scotland.

The debate was led by the Labour MP for West Dunbartonshire, Gemma Doyle.

The Scottish unemployment rate is now 8.1%, which is above the UK-wide average of 7.8%.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded a rise of 4,000, bringing the total for the period between July and September to 218,000.

The number of people in Scotland claiming jobseekers' allowance rose by 100 from September to 140,700 in October.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said the UK Chancellor George Osborne is creating "flat-lining" economy, although Scotland Office Minister David Mundell has said the figures showed that the Holyrood and Westminster governments needed to "work together for the benefit of Scotland".

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