Unemployment falls in Scotland

Unemployment falls in Scotland

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 26,000 in the period between April and June 2016, and now stands at 143,000, making the unemployment rate 5.2%, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released today.

The labour market statistics also show employment in Scotland increased by 51,000 over the same three months. The number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,629,000.

Employment in Scotland has increased by 51,000 over the quarter, and by 14,000 over the year, to stand at 2,629,000. The Scottish employment rate increased over the quarter at 74.1% and economic activity increased by 24,000 over the quarter to 2,772,000.

The secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell, said: “I welcome today’s positive figures showing a record increase in the number of people in Scotland in work, and the number of people out of work at its lowest since 2009.

“While we cannot be complacent as we enter a period of adjustment, today’s figures show that we enter the EU negotiations from a position of strength. Our continued priority must still be to work closely with the Scottish Government as ‘team UK’ to promote economic growth and prosperity.”

Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“This latest fall in unemployment and rise in employment spell good news for the Scottish economy.  Our research amongst businesses suggests that they are continuing to invest in their staff even at a time when their overall levels of investment have slowed down.

“Clearly, these unemployment figures relate to a period prior to the EU referendum vote, and the outlook and pressures on businesses have changed since then.  If businesses are to maintain the confidence to invest and recruit, then it is vital that the Scottish and UK Governments continue to use every power at their disposal to support businesses at this crucial time.”


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