Employment level (16+) in Scotland increased to the highest level on record
26 May 2017
A National Statistics Publication for
Employment levels in Scotland during January to December 2016
reached a record high 2,579,700, while the employment rate for
16-64 year olds decreased by 0.1 percentage points over the year to
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on
Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland from the Annual Population
Survey (APS). This publication presents annual estimates for a wide
range of labour market indicators across local authority areas in
Scotland for 2016.
The main findings for 2016 are:
- While Scotland's employment rate decreased, over the year,by
0.1 percentage points to 72.9%. 16 of the local authorities in
Scotland saw an increase in their employment rate while 15 saw a
decrease and one remained unchanged.
- The employment level for men ( aged 16 and over) of 1,334,300
has increased by 13,900 over the year and is the highest level
- The youth unemployment rate decreased by 2.3 percentage points
over the year to 12.0 per cent in 2016.
- The youth employment rate in Scotland decreased by 0.7
percentage points over the year from 56.4% to 55.7%. Over the year
19 of the local authority areas in Scotland saw an increase in
their youth employment rates while the remaining 13 saw a
- The employment rate for older workers (65+) has increased from
5.2% in 2004 to 9.1% in 2016. Over half of workers over state
pension age (65+) in Scotland said they had not yet retired because
they were not ready to stop working.
- 8 per cent (757,000) of workers in Scotland aged 25-64 were
graduates in 2016 - the highest on record.
- The number of 16-19 year olds who were not in education,
employment or training (NEET) in 2016, increased by 2,000 over the
year to 26,000.
- The employment rate for Equality Act disabled people (42.9%) is
37.3 percentage points lower than for non-disabled people (80.1%),
this gap increases with age.
* The employment level for men aged 16 years and over was higher
in 2008 (in the rolling APS data set ending March, June and Sept
Trends in Scotland's labour market are monitored monthly using
the quarterly LFS. Monthly briefings based on secondary analysis of
this data are available from the
Scottish Government website. As the quarterly LFS has a smaller
sample size it cannot be used to monitor trends below
Scotland-level so the APS remains the best source for local area
labour market trends.
About the publication
The APS is an annual version of the Labour Force Survey (LFS)
and the official source of many labour market and lifelong learning
indicators for Scotland and its local authority areas. The
publication provides a summary of data covering key indicators such
as employment rates, underemployment (employed people who would be
willing to work extra hours), rates of young people not in
education, employment or training and economic inactivity.
The data in this publication covers the calendar year, January
to December 2016.
The figures released today were produced in accordance with
professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official
Employment Patterns in Scotland.
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Source - The Scottish Government