Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:29

SCOTLAND best in UK for employment

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UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN AND YOUTH JOBS UP OVER LAST QUARTER
 
 The Scottish employment rate increased to 74.8% over the last quarter of 2015 – outperforming the rest of the UK – meaning more Scots are in work than ever before.
 
 Unemployment fell by 5000 over the period from October to December 2015, with the inactivity rate of 20.5% the lowest on record and at a lower level than in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.


 
 The number of young people in work also increased over the quarter, with youth employment and inactivity rates at the best October to December level since 2006.
 
 Commenting, SNP MSP Dennis Robertson said:
 
 “These are encouraging figures which show that the Scottish Government’s determined efforts to reduce youth unemployment are paying off – more young people are in work and the overall number of people not working or seeking work is at the lowest rate on record.
 
 “Today’s figures also show that overall employment continues to rise – with the employment rate in Scotland rising to 74.8, outperforming the rest of the UK.
 
 “It is clear that the Scottish Government’s investment in the economy – including vital public infrastructure investment – is paying off. However, despite Scotland resoundingly rejecting austerity, the UK Government’s damaging cuts remain a serious threat to these efforts.
 
 “The SNP is committed to growing our economy, creating jobs and building a fairer society. To do so it is vital that we do everything we can to ensure our young people reach their full potential – that’s why we will continue to work towards our ambitious goal of reducing youth unemployment by 40 per cent by 2021.”
 
Notes:
 Further information on the jobs figures can be found here:
 http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Highest-level-of-employment-on-record-22b0.aspx