Unemployment falls by 25,000 and stands at 127,000

David Mundell

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 25,000 in the period June to August 2016, and now stands at 127,000, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released today. The Scottish unemployment rate is 4.6 per cent, which is below the rate of 4.9 per cent for the whole of the UK.

The labour market statistics also show that employment in Scotland fell by 8,000 over the three months to August 2016. The number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,618,000.

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, said:

“I am pleased to see unemployment falling again in Scotland, and it is now at its lowest level since 2008. But it is worrying that employment is down and more people are dropping out of the labour market in Scotland when the rest of the UK is seeing employment up.

“The levers to shape the Scottish economy are there for the Scottish government to pull. They need to start focusing on the day job and how they can use their new powers to support the Scottish economy.

“Because these are not just statistics – behind the fall in employment and rise in economic inactivity are thousands of people in Scotland who deserve the security and opportunity that a job brings.”