Scottish employment continues to rise

Scottish employment continues to rise

The latest labour market statistics to be released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show more Scots are in work compared to the previous quarter.

The figures also show that more people in Scotland are in employment compared to the same time last year and the number of people unemployed has fallen over the quarter.

The statistics for August to October show that employment in Scotland stood at 2,615,000, an increase of 3,000 over the quarter and 10,000 over the year. The unemployment level fell by 8,000 over the quarter to reach 156,000.

Scotland’s employment rate increased to 74.3%, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.6% over the quarter, down from 5.9%. The level of employment in Scotland is now 71,000 higher in Scotland compared to the same period in 2008.

Cabinet secretary for fair work, skills and training, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “I am very pleased to note this month’s figures, which reinforce the positive longer-term trends in Scotland’s labour market, notwithstanding recent and ongoing volatility.

“There is rising employment, a fall in unemployment and further excellent news for youth employment.

“The youth employment figures are particularly welcome as we note an increase in the number of school leavers heading to initial positive destinations, which is now at a record 92.9%.”

The overall rate of economic inactivity fell over the both the quarter and the year, meaning that Scotland continues to outperform the UK on employment and inactivity rates.