Labour market data
Unemployment at record low for fifth month in a row
Jamie Hepburn: ‘EU exit will cost jobs’ (pic: Terry Murden)
Scotland enjoyed a fifth consecutive month of record low unemployment as the economy continues to add jobs.
Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said the figures showed the jobs market continuing to strengthen.
The unemployment rate sits at 3.2%, a new record low and lower than the UK rate of 3.8%. The number of people employed in Scotland is close to the recent record high at 2,682,000, although Scotland’s employment rate, at 75.4%, remains below the UK’s rate at 76.1%.
Labour market figures for women and young people in Scotland outperformed the UK. Scotland’s employment rate for women rose to 72%, higher than the UK rate of 71.8%.
The employment rate for young people in Scotland rose to 59.3%, higher than the UK rate of 54.6%. Scotland’s unemployment rate for young people, 6.6%, is a record low and lower than the UK.
Mr Hepburn said: “While Scotland’s economy and job market continues to grow, the UK Government’s EU exit plans, in whatever form, will cost jobs, make people poorer and damage our society.
“The Scottish Government has consistently been clear that the best option for the future wellbeing and prosperity of Scotland, and the UK as a whole, is to stay in the European Union.”
“It is good news that unemployment in Scotland is at a record low, this really is to be celebrated. The UK Government is investing in Scotland’s economy and creating jobs.
“Our £1.35 billion city and growth deals programme is starting to reap rewards and will give Scotland a long-lasting economic boost.
“Figures also showed Scotland’s booming digital tech sector employing a record 58,000 people.
“UK Government investment is having a real impact and I urge the Scottish Government to work with us and use their extensive economic development powers as effectively as possible.”