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Fall in number out of work

Scots jobless tally falls to same rate as UK

Scottish unemployment has fallen to 4.7% and now stands at the same rate as the whole of the UK.

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 16,000 to 129,000 in the three months to January 2017, according to official figures.

The labour market statistics also show that employment in Scotland increased by 16,000 over the period. The number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,608,000. 

Across the UK unemployment fell by 31,000 to 1.58 million.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell, said: “This is good news, with more people in work and unemployment down. We want to see this continue and for the Scottish economy to start to close the worrying gap we’ve seen open up with the rest of the UK.” 

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “The latest set of unemployment figures for Scotland is very encouraging and show that our unemployment rate has fallen back towards parity with the UK rate. 

“However, despite a rise in employment levels, our employment rate remains below the overall UK rate and below the Scottish rate for the same period last year.”

Headline statistics

Employment in Scotland increased by 16,000 over the quarter, and fell by 21,000 over the year, to stand at 2,608,000.

The Scots employment rate increased by 0.4%. over the quarter to 73.7 %. The rate is below the UK average of 74.6%.

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 16,000 over the quarter and is down 42,000 over the year.  The level now stands at 129,000.

At 4.7%, the Scottish unemployment rate is the same rate as that of the UK.

Economic activity was unchanged over the quarter and now stands at 2,736,000. Also, the economic activity rate decreased over the year to stand at 77.4 per cent.

In February 2017, the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance was 48,000 and claimant count, including Universal Credit was 75,000.







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