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Scottish unemployment rate increases to 4.7%



Unemployment in Scotland rose slightly in the last quarter.

Data from the Official for National Statistics shows that the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over was 4.7% between February and April this year.

This was 0.4% up on the previous quarter and above the UK-wide unemployment rate of 4.4%.

The figures show that 130,000 people in Scotland were out of work between February and April, up from 120,000 in the quarter before.

The employment rate for people aged 16 to 64 was 73.1%, which was 1.3% down on the previous three-month period.

This was below the UK-wide employment rate of 74.3%.

In Scotland there were 2,509,000 people in that age group in employment, down from 2,511,000 in the quarter before that.

Deputy First Minister and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Despite ongoing cost-of-living pressures, Scotland’s labour market shows resilience, with data from HM Revenue and Customs showing 12,000 more payrolled employees in May 2024 compared with a year ago, while our claimant count rate was lower than the UK as a whole.

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