Scotland's Economy

  • Scotland’s economy outperforms recovery predictions

    26th August 2021 by

    I warmly welcome the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s latest official forecasts which suggest Scotland’s economy is recovering from COVID-19 much faster than anticipated. The predicted return of economic activity to pre-pandemic levels in the first half of 2022, almost two years of ahead of the SFC’s previous forecast, is a tribute to the innovation and adaptability...

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  • Investment in Moray

    24th August 2020 by

    The signing of the Heads of Terms agreement for the Moray Growth Deal is an important milestone.

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  • Labour market statistics show impact of pandemic

    16th June 2020 by

    Between February and April 2020, Scotland’s employment rate estimate fell over the quarter to 74.3% and the unemployment rate estimate rose over the quarter to 4.6%.

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  • Labour market statistics update – Business Minister Jamie Hepburn

    19th May 2020 by

    Between January and March 2020, Scotland’s employment rate estimate fell over the quarter to 74.7% and the unemployment rate estimate rose over the quarter to 4.1%. While these rates compare well against historical records, they do not reflect fully the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and how it will change over time. The Job Retention...

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  • Scottish Apprenticeship Week

    2nd March 2020 by

    When I visited Arnold Clark’s training facility in Glasgow recently I couldn’t help but be impressed. Yes, the facilities are great and the investment in staff is clearly a priority. But what impressed me the most was the enthusiastic group of young female automotive apprentices I met, and the support they were getting both from...

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  • Digital skills success – first graduates from £1 million scheme

    21st January 2020 by

    People out of work and those on low incomes have been helped to develop their digital skills through a new fund. Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes met with some of the first beneficiaries of the £1 million Digital Start Fund, who have graduated from CodeClan, to hear how the specialist training has helped them achieve...

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  • Selling Scotland on the global stage

    12th November 2019 by

    Scotland is to be one of 192 countries represented at a global event aimed at driving innovation and collaboration across the world. World Expo Dubai 2020 will showcase Scotland as a global trading nation and world-leading destination for business, education and tourism. The World Expo is one of the world’s longest-running and largest international events....

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  • Strong and inclusive labour market

    13th August 2019 by

    Commenting on the latest ONS labour market statistics update, which cover April 2019 to June 2019, Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “These latest results show that Scotland is seeing the benefits of our Labour Market Strategy – driving inclusive and sustainable economic growth through delivering fair and good quality work across our society. “Scotland’s employment...

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  • Scotland’s labour market continues to perform well

    16th July 2019 by

    Commenting on this month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for March to May 2019, Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “Yet again we are seeing strong results for Scotland’s labour market. Scotland’s employment rate rose over the quarter and year to 75.8%, very close to the highest on record. The unemployment rate fell...

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  • This week: 14/6/19

    14th June 2019 by

    Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s unemployment rate fell again, to 3.3%, lower than the UK for the ninth month in a row. Statistics out this week also showed that Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.9%, the highest on record. Read more about Scotland’s labour market statistics Modern Apprentices The number of apprentices benefitting from work-based learning has...

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