Num­ber of job­less falls again

The Oban Times - - Business -

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.

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