Scottish Employment Increases
15 February 2017
Youth unemployment rates at record lows.
Scotland's employment level increased by 8,000 over the quarter
to 2,611,000 and there are now 47,000 more people in employment
compared to the pre-recession peak.
Labour Market Statistics for October to December 2016, published
by the Office for National Statistics today, also show Scotland's
youth unemployment rate is the lowest since records began - the
second lowest youth unemployment rate in the EU.
The employment rate has increased by 0.1 percentage points over
the quarter to 73.6 per cent - meaning Scotland has the second
highest employment rate out of the four UK nations.
Other key statistics include:
- Labour market inactivity - those not in work and not actively
seeking work - has fallen by 8,000 over the quarter to
765,000, although it has increased over the year
- Scotland's unemployment rate was down over the year by 0.9
percentage points to 4.9 per cent
- 27,000 fewer people were unemployed compared with a year
ago. However, the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage
points over the quarter
- Scotland continues to outperform the UK on female employment
and inactivity rates while the female unemployment rate is the same
as the UK's.
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
"These figures are encouraging and show that Scotland's labour
market remains resilient. We are working to build an economy where
everyone can share in the benefits of economic growth. It is
therefore encouraging to note this rise in the number of people in
work alongside some positive statistics on female and youth
employment, where we continue to lead the UK. In terms of low youth
unemployment rates, we are second only to Germany within the
"Scotland enjoys resources few nations can match, including one
of the most highly educated workforces in Europe, a long standing
reputation for innovation and an internationally-recognised
"There is no doubt that businesses have faced increased economic
uncertainty in the months following the EU referendum result, and
Scotland is not immune to these risks. We have set out our
commitment to protecting Scotland's interests, including
maintaining our place in Europe's single market, which is so
essential to our future prosperity.
"We will continue to support the Scottish economy, including by
taking forward our £500m Scottish Growth Scheme - targeting high
growth, innovative and export-focused SMEs; by expanding our small
business bonus scheme, which will lift 100,000 business properties
out of business rates; and investing in our infrastructure
Source: Scottish Government