The labour market statistics also show employment in Scotland decreased by 6,000 over the three months June to August. The number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,610,000.
The Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said:
“The figures released today show the challenges which remain to ensure households in every part of our country benefit from a growing economy. There can be no doubt there is still hard work to undertake to build on the UK Government’s long term economic plan which has tackled a record deficit and laid the foundations for a stronger and more stable economy.
“Across the UK there are now a near record number of vacancies. For individuals and families across Scotland we need to ensure they can see the UK and Scottish Governments working together and doing everything they can to help our businesses grow and ensure everyone who works hard have the opportunities they need to succeed.”
Headline Statistics for the June to August 2015 quarter
- Employment in Scotland decreased by 6,000 over the quarter, and fell slightly by 1,000 over the year, to stand at 2,610,000.
- The Scots employment rate decreased over the quarter at 73.7 per cent. The rate is just above the UK average of 73.6 per cent.
- Unemployment in Scotland increased by 18,000 over the quarter and increased by 19,000 over the year. The level now stands at 170,000.
- At 6.1 per cent, the Scots unemployment rate is above the UK’s rate of 5.4 per cent.
- Economic Activity increased by 11,000 over the quarter and now stands at 2,780,000. Also, the Economic Activity rate decreased slightly over the quarter to stand at 78.6 per cent.
- In September 2015, the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was 71,000.
Latest Data for Scotland
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicates that the number of people in employment in Scotland from June to August 2015 was 2,610,000. Employment was down by 6,000 compared to the previous three months, and was just down by 1,000 compared to the same quarter last year. The employment rate was down by 0.6 p.p. on the previous quarter, and it was down by 0.2 p.p. compared to the same quarter last year, at 73.7 per cent. In comparison, the Scottish employment rate is just above the UK average.
Unemployment in Scotland was up by 18,000 over the quarter June to August 2015 at 170,000.
The level was up 19,000 compared to the same quarter last year. The unemployment rate was up 0.6 p.p. on the previous quarter at 6.1 per cent, which is up 0.7 p.p. over the year. The level was up 19,000 compared to the same quarter last year. The unemployment rate was up 0.6 p.p. on the previous quarter at 6.1 per cent, which is up 0.7 p.p. over the year.
The number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), increased by 500 from August to 71,000 in September 2015. The level is down by 19,600 on September 2014. The claimant count rate (JSA and Universal Credit) is up by 0.1 p. p. over the month at 2.9 per cent, and is down 0.4 p.p. over the year.
The number of economically active (defined as those in employment or ILO unemployed, and seasonally adjusted) in Scotland in the June to August 2015 quarter was 2,780,000. This was up 11,000 on the previous quarter, and up 18,000 on the same point a year ago. Among those aged 16-64 the economic activity rate was 78.6 per cent, down 0.1 p.p. on the previous quarter, and up 0.3 p.p. over the year.
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