Unemployment in Scotland Continues to Fall

18 Nov 2016

  

Scotland’s unemployment rate fell by 14,000 percentage points over the quarter July to September.

 

The latest labour market figures, published by the Office for National Statistics also show that Scotland continues to outperform the UK on, unemployment, including female and youth employment rates.

 

The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points over the quarter to 4.7%, and continues to outperform the UK (4.8%). The unemployment level is now 129,000.

 

  • There are 40,000 more people in employment now than at the pre-recession peak (March-May 2008). Furthermore, Scotland has the second highest employment rate out of the four UK nations.

  • Scotland continues to outperform the UK on female employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.

  • Scotland continues to outperform the UK on youth employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.

 

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

 

Today’s labour market figures again show that Scotland is outperforming the UK on unemployment and has the second highest employment rate of the four nations. Our female and youth employment rates are also higher than those for the UK.

 

While these are hugely encouraging signs, it is important given the challenging economic conditions we face, that we continue our efforts to support growth to invest and boost employment, with a £500 million package of financial support for private sector business investment as well as £100 million of accelerated capital spending in this financial year.

 

It is clear that the result of the EU referendum has created uncertainty and undermined economic progress, which is why the SNP Government is determined to pursue every avenue to secure Scotland’s continued place in the EU and the stability, jobs and investment that come from being part of the world’s biggest single market.

 

The publication is at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/uklabourmarketstatisticsnov2016

 

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