Scotland has a greater fall in unemployment than anywhere else in the UK and has a lower overall rate than six out of the 12 ‘UK regions.’

Thanks to reader BROADBIELD for this updated source.

Out of twelve ‘regions’ in the UK, only five have lower unemployment rates than Scotland and only two have significantly lower levels – the much subsidised South-East and South-West and the former has actually increased since last year. Also, Scotland has had the greatest fall in unemployment in the UK since October 2016.

From the Office for National Statistics:

Table 1: Summary of latest headline estimates for regions of the UK, seasonally adjusted, November 2016 to January 2017

UK regions
  Employment rate1 (%) aged 16 to 64 Change on Aug to Oct 2016 Unemployment rate2 (%) aged 16 and over Change on Aug to Oct 2016 Inactivity rate3 (%) aged 16 to 64 Change on Aug to Oct 2016
United Kingdom 74.6 0.2 4.7 -0.1 21.6 -0.1
Great Britain 74.7 0.2 4.7 -0.1 21.5 -0.1
England 74.9 0.1 4.7 -0.1 21.3 -0.1
     North East 70.7 -0.2 6.8 0.3 24.1 0.0
     North West 73.1 0.6 4.9 -0.5 23.1 -0.2
     Yorkshire and The Humber 72.9 -0.4 5.3 0.0 22.9 0.5
     East Midlands 75.7 0.4 4.3 -0.4 20.9 0.0
     West Midlands 72.4 -0.4 5.6 0.3 23.2 0.2
     East 76.6 0.0 4.4 -0.3 19.8 0.2
     London 73.5 -0.2 5.6 0.2 22.0 0.0
     South East 78.5 0.4 3.5 0.0 18.6 -0.5
     South West 78.2 0.9 3.6 -0.2 18.8 -0.8
Wales 73.3 0.4 4.4 0.1 23.3 -0.4
Scotland 73.7 0.4 4.7 -0.6 22.6 0.0
Northern Ireland 69.4 -0.1 5.7 0.1 26.2 0.0

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/regionallabourmarket/mar2017#summary-of-latest-regional-labour-market-statistics

If it was an increase in unemployment, the SNP government would get the media blame so their employability initiatives must take the credit now.

 

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