Scottish Employment Up By 46,000 on Last Year

April 22, 2015

The number of people in employment across Scotland increased by around 46,000 over the course of the 12 months prior to February 2015, according to official statistics.

Labour market data for Scotland points to rises in employment and in the number of people seeking employment around the country in the three months between December and February.

In fact, the number of Scots either in work or seeking to find jobs was recorded as being at an all-time high of 2,782,000 at the end of February.

Participation in Scotland’s labour markets by women was also recorded as being at a record level, while youth unemployment is down to lows not seen since 2009.
Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for fair work, skills and training, welcome the official numbers on Scottish employment which were released by the Office for National Statistics.

“Increasing participation [in labour markets] has positive impacts for the Scottish economy, and the Scottish Government remains focused on delivering better employment prospects for all,” she said.

“I am pleased that female employment level has increased significantly in the past year. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure women have the same opportunities in the labour market as their male counterparts, and have access to quality sustained work in careers they choose,” she added.

Cunningham went on to say that she hopes to see youth unemployment in Scotland head below pre-recession levels in the coming quarters.

The broadly positive figures on Scottish labour markets released in recent days came soon after official data showed that the national economy had shown signs of healthy growth over the past year as well.

Scotland’s overall gross domestic product increased in scale by 0.6 per cent in the final three months of 2014 and by 2.7 per cent over the course of the whole year. The annual rate of growth is the strongest since 2006 and before the UK and global economies were severely weakened and hindered by the financial crisis and subsequent credit crunch.

According to the latest figures, there were 70,000 fewer people unemployed in Scotland at the end of February 2015 than was the case during the height of the recent recession in 2010.

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