Unemployment in Scotland up by 11,000



According to the Office for National Statistics report released today, the number of those who are jobless has risen by 11,000 in Scotland, whereas it fell across the rest of the UK overall.

However, Scottish employment  increased by 3000, with youth employment performing best.

Although Scotland continues to outperform the UK as a whole on employment at 74.1% compared to the UK average at 73.7%, the Scottish unemployment rate is 6%, which is above the rate of 5.3% for the whole of the UK.

After increasing by 34,000 over the year, youth employment is at its highest July to September level since 2008.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) dropped by 1,700 to 68,800 between September and October – 20,200 fewer than a year ago.

Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“This was another disappointing set of statistics which confirms the swift reversal in Scotland’s labour market recovery. Over seven and a half years since the recession took hold, Scotland’s unemployment rate is still precisely 50% higher than its pre-recession trough.”

Stuart Mackinnon, an advisor for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland, said:

“While the proportion of people in employment in Scotland remains high, there’s obviously work required to tune-up the country’s economy and give firms the confidence to create jobs.

Lastly, these Scotland-wide figures don’t reveal wide local variations in job prospects and prosperity. Efforts to look at the performance of local economies need to be top of the agenda at next year’s Scottish elections.”

However, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I am pleased to note the increases in the employment level.

“Although more work is required to ensure more young people find employment, it is good to know that 34,000 more people aged between 16 and 24 have found work since last year and that Scotland continues to perform better than the UK as a whole on this crucial indicator.”

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