Commenting on the latest Labour Market Statistics, released by
the ONS for November to January 2018, Minister for Employability
and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
"While these results do show a slight decrease in employment
over the quarter, our employment rate has increased over the year
and the longer term, 1.0 percentage points higher compared with
last year, and showing 80,000 more people in employment compared to
the pre-recession peak.
"Once more, we continue to outperform the UK on employment and
unemployment rates for young people and women, 71.5. % of women and
58.8 % of young people are in employment in Scotland compared to
70.9% of women and 54.5% of young people in the UK.
"Our support for young people includes a commitment to train at
least 28,000 new apprentices next year, including opportunities at
degree level, and 5,000 Foundation Apprenticeships in the senior
phase of Curriculum for Excellence, by 2020.
"Despite the UK Government's pursuit of a punishing programme of
austerity, which continues to squeeze both individuals and
businesses around Scotland, we are committed to investing to
support economic growth.
"However, Brexit remains the single biggest concern to Scottish
businesses, and the greatest threat to our economy. Our latest
analysis, confirmed by the UK Government's own research, shows
Brexit could cost Scotland's economy £12.7 billion a year by
Source - Scottish Government Website.