Scotland's Economy

  • This week: 17/5/19

    17th May 2019 by

    Labour Market Statistics This month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for January 2019 to March 2019, showed that the Scottish economy and jobs market continues to strengthen. The update showed: 2,682,000 people are now in work in Scotland Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.2%, the lowest rate on record Scotland’s female employment...

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  • Unemployment rate at record low for fifth consecutive month

    14th May 2019 by

    Commenting on this month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for January 2019 to March 2019, Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “The Scottish economy and jobs market continues to strengthen. “Scotland’s employment rate is 75.4% and the unemployment rate sits at 3.2%, a new record low and lower than the UK rate of 3.8%. Indeed...

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  • This week: 10/05/19

    10th May 2019 by

    Labour Productivity Statistics The latest labour productivity statistics were released and show Scotland is performing well. Key figures included: In 2018 Quarter 4, labour productivity in Scotland, measured by output per hour worked, has increased by 2.3% in real terms (inflation adjusted) compared to the same quarter last year Compared to the previous quarter, labour...

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  • This week: 03/05/19

    3rd May 2019 by

    New export growth plan launched The Scottish Government has launched ‘A Trading Nation’, an export plan backed by £20 million investment, to help increase the value of Scotland’s overseas exports and provide support to businesses considering overseas trade. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the plan at the 22nd National Economic Forum in Edinburgh alongside Economy...

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  • This week: 26/04/19

    26th April 2019 by

    Cyber Scotland Week Cyber Scotland Week draws together events across Scotland to showcase the innovation taking place across the sector, raise awareness of good cyber resilience practice and promote careers within the industry. Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes attended events throughout the week, including the College Cyber Security conference and the National Cyber Security Centre,...

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  • This week: 19/4/19

    18th April 2019 by

    Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s Labour Market statistics from December 2018 to February 2019 showed: 2,688,000 people are now in work in Scotland Scotland’s employment rate rose by 0.3 p.p. over the quarter  to 75.6% Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.3%, the lowest rate on record Scotland’s youth employment rate is 59.5%, higher than UK rate...

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  • This week: 12/4/2019

    12th April 2019 by

    Offshore wind summit announced Trade unions, offshore wind developers, supply chain companies and government will come together to look at maximising the offshore wind farm sector. The Scottish Government and UK Government will host the Edinburgh summit to look at how UK companies can benefit more from the build-out of offshore wind farms in UK...

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  • Island voices to be heard

    7th April 2019 by

    National consultation to empower island residents. Island communities are being encouraged to help shape the policies that affect them. A national consultation will inform the development of the first ever National Islands Plan, asking island residents to share opinions on the specific challenges they face – such as population retention, connectivity, economic development, housing, and...

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  • This week: 05/4/19

    5th April 2019 by

    Fair Start Scotland Fair Start Scotland celebrated its first anniversary this week. As Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service, Fair Work Minister Jamie Hepburn explains the aims of the service & the role it plays in delivering a fairer, more prosperous economy Read more about Fair Start Scotland Newton Rooms Public Finance and Digital...

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  • The anniversary of a fairer way to find work

    3rd April 2019 by

    One year ago today we launched Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service – Fair Start Scotland (FSS). Delivering a fairer, prosperous economy – with a more inclusive workforce – is a priority for the Scottish Government. To achieve this, we aim to deliver a fairer labour market and to continue to enhance the skills...

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