Number of jobless falls again
SCOTLAND’S unemployment rate has fallen to match the lowest rate in 25 years, the Scottish Government claims.
It fell by 0.6 percentage points over the last quarter to four per cent, equalling the figure for March to May 2008, and the lowest rate since the recession. Unemployment fell by 17,000 over the quarter to 109,000 and decreased by 49,000 over the year. Labour market statistics for February to April 2017, published by the Office for National Statistics, show Scotland’s unemployment rate continues to be the lowest out of the four UK nations and lower than the UK rate of 4.6 per cent. The figures also show: • Scotland’s employment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points over the quarter to 74.1 per cent – the second highest employment rate out of the four UK nations – with the employment level rising by 14,000.
• Over the year, Scotland’s employment rate increased by 0.9 percentage points, with the employment level rising by 44,000.
• Scotland continued to outperform the UK on female employment rates, 70.6 per cent as opposed to 70.2 per cent.