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Scottish labour market trends (Vol 1 No 4 Sep 2017)

Provides data and analysis concerning labour market trends in Scotland. Draws on various statistical sources including the Labour Force Survey. Reports that key labour market indicators show high levels of employment and low unemployment in Scotland. Notes that: the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%, down 1.2 percentage points since last year; employment is at a record high of 75.2%; the youth (16-24 year old) unemployment rate is at a record low of 8.4%; and the rate of economic inactivity increased to 23% at the end of 2016, but has now fallen to 21.8%. Observes that the growth in employment over the past year has almost all been driven by increases in self-employment. States that there has been a rise in part-time employment by around 10% over the past ten years, although this has been stable over the past year. Highlights that the Scottish economy returned to growth (0.7%) during the first three months of 2017. Includes an article on gender differences in the Scottish labour market, which identifies that Scotland is performing slightly above the UK average for female employment and participation rates.


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The Fraser of Allander Institute; Scottish Centre for Employment Research
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