Jobless figures

Number in work shows biggest fall for four years

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The number of people in work across the UK has shown its biggest fall in four years with the number of Scots in jobs, falling by 43,000, to 2.6 million.

The employment rate for Scotland, which is the proportion of people aged between 16 and 64 who are in paid work, stands at 74.4%.

Scotland’s unemployment total for the three months to September, rose by 8,000, to 110,000 representing 4% of the labour market, compared with 3.8% for the whole UK.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the number of people in work across the UK fell by 58,000 to 32.75m in the same period. Figures also show the biggest annual drop in job vacancies in almost 10 years and UK wage growth slowed down over the summer.

Average earnings, excluding bonuses, increased by 3.6%, compared with 3.8% growth in the previous period.

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