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Scottish labour market trends (Vol 2 No 2 2018)

Analyses labour market trends in Scotland during 2017. Draws on data from a range of sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Scottish Government. Reports that there was a fall-back in Scotland’s labour market performance during October to December 2017, as employment fell by 20,000 while unemployment rose by 14,000. Notes that the fall in Scotland’s unemployment rate over the quarter contrasts with the UK as a whole, where employment rose. Suggests that it is too early to establish whether this increase in unemployment is a one-off or the beginning of a trend. Argues that the biggest challenge to the Scottish economy remains weak productivity. Identifies that labour productivity (measured by output per hour) fell by 0.7% during the three months from July to September 2017, and that this was the eighth quarter in a row of falling productivity in Scotland. Includes an article which reviews some of the key metrics on productivity growth for Scotland and the UK, highlighting that there is currently no evaluation of a range of policies that claim to help improve productivity.

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Author:
Fraser of Allander Institute; Scottish Centre for Employment Research
Year:
2018
Pages:
15
Ref No:
B50304
Source:
Fraser of Allander Institute

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