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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP


New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed 76.1% of people aged 16 to 64 in Scotland were in work from September to November 2022.

This is the highest since measurement of labour market statistics began in 1992.

Scotland’s unemployment rate stayed the same over the quarter (3.3%) while the estimated inactivity rate fell to 21.3% over the same period.

Scotland’s employment rate was also above the 75.6% recorded for the UK as a whole, with the highest rate of all four nations.

In North Ayrshire & Arran Westminster constituency unemployment fell by a heartening 580 over the last year.

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“The employment rate in Scotland remains high despite the turbulent economic circumstances including the continued impact of Brexit, high inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

“Labour shortages in some sectors remain acute and the SNP Government is working with businesses, Skills Development Scotland and business organisations to alleviate them.

“The SNP Government’s ambitious plans for Scotland’s economy set out in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation are built on ensuring everyone can thrive in a diverse and inclusive workforce.

“I for my part organised another successful Jobs Fayre last November with Patricia Gibson MP to help constituents find employment, apprenticeships or explore possible career paths.

“The UK Government holds key powers over migration, visas and key parts of employment law which is why Scottish Ministers recently repeated its calls for their UK counterparts to establish a joint taskforce on labour market shortages.”

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