Unemployment Levels Rise By 18,000 Across Scotland

October 14, 2015

The number of unemployed people living in Scotland increased by 18,000 over the course of the three months from the beginning of June to the end of August.

According to official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there was a decrease in unemployment across the UK as a whole in the three-month period but a notable increase north of the border.

At 6.1 per cent, the overall proportion of people who are unemployed was found to be higher in Scotland than in the UK as a whole, for which the figure stood at 5.4 per cent at the end of August.

On a UK-wide basis, a fall of 79,000 in the number of unemployed people was recorded by the ONS in the three months being assessed.

There was a slight rise and an extra 500 people claiming jobseekers allowance in Scotland by the end of August as compared with the beginning of June, according to the ONS.

“The figures released today show the challenges which remain to ensure households in every part of our country benefit from a growing economy,” said David Mundell, the British government’s Scottish secretary.

“There can be no doubt there is still hard work to undertake to build on the UK government’s long-term economic plan which has tackled a record deficit and laid the foundations for a stronger and more stable economy.”

Representatives of the Scottish government were quick to point out that the latest ONS figures also show that Scotland has a higher percentage of women, young people and its overall population in employment than is the case across the UK as a whole.

However, the rise in unemployment in Scotland was accepted by the country’s deputy first minister John Swinney as a clear sign that there is work to be done to “strengthen business confidence and deliver economic recovery” nationwide.

“We need a distinct, Scottish approach that is tailored to the needs of our people to make a real difference to people’s lives and replace the Work Programme which has failed to support those who need most help to get a job,” Swinney said.


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