Slight fall in Scotland's unemployment rate

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Scotland's unemployment complaint dropped somewhat successful the past quarter, according to the latest authoritative figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the complaint betwixt March and May for radical aged 16 and implicit was 4.4% - a 0.2% driblet connected the erstwhile quarter.

This was beneath the UK-wide rate of 4.8% for over-16s.

The employment complaint for those aged 16-64 successful Scotland was 74%, a alteration of 0.4 percent points.

There were 2.532 cardinal radical aged 16 to 64 successful employment successful Scotland betwixt March and May, portion 118,000 successful that property scope were unemployed.

Scotland's Employment and Fair Work Minister Richard Lochhead said: "In March to May 2021, Scotland's employment complaint estimation decreased implicit the 4th by 0.4 percent points to 74% and the unemployment complaint estimation decreased by 0.2 percent points to 4.4%.

"Separate HMRC aboriginal estimates, besides published this morning, amusement the fig of payrolled employees has accrued implicit the period by 27,000 to 2.4 cardinal successful June 2021, nevertheless this is 24,000 beneath levels seen earlier the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

"These latest figures bespeak immoderate of the challenges facing our labour market. However, arsenic the Job Retention Scheme continues to enactment jobs, they bash not amusement the afloat interaction of the coronavirus pandemic."

Mr Lochhead added: "The Scottish authorities volition proceed to bash each we tin to enactment employees and employers, nevertheless it is important the UK authorities clasp the furlough strategy for arsenic agelong arsenic it is needed.

"As we proceed to determination retired of lockdown, we are pushing guardant with an ambitious docket of betterment and economical translation that builds upon the £3.7bn successful Scottish authorities enactment to concern since the commencement of the pandemic.

"In 2021/22 we volition put much than £1bn to make jobs and guarantee radical person the skills needed to conscionable the economical opportunities of the future."

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