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Unemployment rate increases in Scotland



Unemployment in Scotland rose slightly in the last quarter, according to latest figures.

Data from the Official for National Statistics showed 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 showed 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 16-64 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.

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