Scotland's Economy

Employment rate in Scotland highest on record

June 11, 2019 by No Comments | Category Economy, Employment

Commenting on this month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for February to April 2019, Employment Minister Jamie Hepburn said:

“Yet again we’re seeing records broken in Scotland’s labour market. 

“Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.9%, the highest on record. The unemployment rate fell again, to 3.3%, lower than the UK for the ninth month in a row. 

“And it’s not only headline rates where we’re performing strongly.

“Labour market figures for women and young people in Scotland continue to outperform the UK. Scotland’s employment rate for women rose to 72.7%, higher than the UK rate of 72.0%. The employment rate for young people in Scotland also rose, to 59.4%, higher than the UK rate of 54.0%. Scotland’s unemployment rate for women fell over the year to 2.9%, compared with 3.7% for the UK. For young people, unemployment fell to 6.1% – lower than in the UK and the lowest on record.

“Despite the UK Government’s EU exit plans, Scotland’s economy and jobs market continues to perform consistently well. And the Scottish Government’s commitment to fair work for all is again reflected in these results.

“The Scottish Government has consistently been clear that the best option for the future wellbeing and prosperity of Scotland is to stay in the European Union. Otherwise we will see people become poorer and lose their jobs.”


Scottish breakdown of labour market statistics will be available online from 11am.

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