Job­less fig­ures drop to low­est rate in UK

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SCOT­LAND’S un­em­ploy­ment rate has fallen to 3.8%, the low­est of the UK na­tions, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

The job­less rate dropped 0.2 per­cent­age points in the pe­riod May to July, down from 4% in the pre­vi­ous three months and 4.7% in the same pe­riod last year.

In the lat­est quar­ter the over­all UK un­em­ploy­ment rate was 4.3%, with Eng­land 4.4%, Wales 4.3% and North­ern Ire­land 5.3%, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS).

The fig­ures show that for all those aged 16 and over, un­em­ploy­ment fell by 4,000 to 106,000 – while the num­ber of peo­ple in work in­creased by 49,000.

For those aged be­tween 16 and 64, un­em­ploy­ment fell 7,000 to 102,000, with the num­ber in work up 60,000 and the em­ploy- ment rate hit­ting a new high of 75.8%.

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Min­is­ter Jamie Hep­burn said: “These are en­cour­ag­ing fig­ures for Scot­land’s econ­omy and labour mar­ket – em­ploy­ment has never been higher and un­em­ploy­ment has never been lower. There are 109,000 more peo­ple in em­ploy­ment com­pared to the pre-re­ces­sion peak and Scot­land now has the high­est em­ploy­ment rate in the UK.

“Our un­em­ploy­ment rate re­mains a suc­cess story, show­ing that the labour mar­ket re­mains re­silient and ro­bust.”

UK Scot­tish Sec­re­tary David Mun­dell said: “It is very en­cour­ag­ing that Scot­land’s em­ploy­ment has reached a record high and that un­em­ploy­ment re­mains at a his­toric low. More peo­ple in work means more money in peo­ple’s pock­ets and that’s good news.”

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