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Number in work shows biggest fall for four years

Jamie Hepburn

Jamie Hepburn: Brexit uncertainty

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.

Scottish Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “These statistics signal that Brexit uncertainty is continuing to negatively impact employment in Scotland.

“The Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to stimulate growth, jobs and investment through the policies set out in our Economic Action Plan and Prepare for Brexit campaign.

“These policies are designed to help build economic resilience by offering grants and advice to support businesses to face the challenges ahead.”

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