Scottish unemployment level falls below UK average

By Emily Jamison

The unemployment rate in Scotland has fallen by 15,000, below the UK average.

According to the Office for National Statistics, unemployment now stands at 123,000 which has gone down by 47,000 in the past year.

The data also recorded a small decline in the number of unemployed Scot’s claiming job seekers allowance.

Scottish Employability and Training Minister Jamie Hepburn said that the SNP Government is attempting to salvage employment rates, but that Brexit will impact Scottish jobs.

Mr Hepburn said: “Despite economic challenges, these latest figures show Scotland’s labour market remains resilient with unemployment falling and our female employment rates and youth unemployment rates outperforming the UK.

“While we are doing all we can to support employment, clearly the biggest threat to Scotland’s labour market continues to be a hard Brexit, which threatens to cost our economy up to £11 billion a year from 2030, and cost the country 80,000 jobs over a decade.

“The Scottish Government will continue to pursue all options to retain our relationship with Europe, our place in the single market and all the advantages that brings.”

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