The comments made by Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland, on 22 September 2021.
Today’s figures underline that there are challenges ahead, and that our focus must remain on a sustainable recovery.
Our Plan For Jobs is helping people in all parts of the United Kingdom get back to work and we’ve invested £1.5 billion in growth deals across Scotland, while communities all over the country will see great benefits from our new Levelling Up and Community Renewal Funds.
This all comes on top of the UK Government’s unprecedented package of support which has seen an additional £14.5billion funding provided to the Scottish Government.
Thanks to the UK Government funded vaccine programme, including the new booster vaccine and rollout of jabs for 12-15 year olds, we will build back better, stronger and greener for the benefit of generations to come.