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14/05/14 17:10

Media Briefing - Wednesday 14 May 2014

The FMOS welcomed journalists to the morning briefing.

FMOS said the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance had today welcomed the latest labour market figures by the Office for National Statistics. The FMOS highlighted the statistics show employment levels are at their highest since records began in 1992 with 2,585,000 people over 16 now employed in Scotland.

FMOS said the Minister for Transport and Veterans Keith Brown would today see some of the ancient artefacts found during the construction of the £17 million A75 Dunragit bypass in Wigtownshire. The discoveries have been described as ‘highly significant’ by both the National Museum of Scotland and Historic Scotland, and include a rare 130-piece jet bead necklace dating to around 2000BC.

FMOS also highlighted to journalists the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop would tomorrow take part in a briefing at Edinburgh Castle that would give greater detail to Scottish First World War commemoration plans. She advised that thousands of people from across Scotland are expected to mark the centenary by taking part in a drumhead service, among other events across the country.