Unemployment Rate Matches Lowest on Record
15 June 2017
Rate at lowest level
since before recession.
Scotland's unemployment rate has fallen to match the lowest rate
in 25 years.
It fell by 0.6 percentage points over the last quarter to 4.0%,
equalling the figure for March to May 2008, and the lowest rate
since the recession.
The unemployment level fell by 17,000 over the quarter to
109,000, and decreased by 49,000 over the year.
The Labour Market Stats for Feb-Apr 2017, published by the
Office for National Statistics (ONS), 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%.
The figures also show:
- Scotland's employment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points
over the quarter to 74.1% - the second highest employment
rate out of the four UK nations - with the employment level rising
- 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% vs. 70.2%), and Scotland's female unemployment rate
was also lower than the UK's (4.1% vs. 4.4%).
- Scotland's youth employment rate also outperformed the UK
(57.1% vs. 54.1%), while Scotland's youth unemployment rate was
also lower than the UK's (8.8% vs. 11.5%).
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
"Scotland's unemployment rate is at its lowest rate since the
recession and matches the lowest on record for Scotland since the
series began. With the employment rate rising, it's clear this is
hugely positive news for our economy and the jobs market.
"Once again, despite adverse prevailing economic conditions,
Scotland's job market continues to be resilient and robust, with
female and youth unemployment rates lower than the UK average.
"The Scottish Government will continue to support growth and
jobs in Scotland through our £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme
and our £6 billion infrastructure plan.
"Whilst this is good news, we must be clear that the biggest
threat to Scotland's labour market continues to be a hard Brexit -
something which the Scottish Government believes there is now no
clear mandate for. The UK Government must now seek a broad
consensus which would see us retain our place in the single market
and in the customs union."
The statistics are available.
Source - The Scottish Government