In August, I could write:
In July, I could write:
Unemployment at record low, employment up, economy growing, youth unemployment amongst lowest in Europe, business confidence increasing, oil jobs returning, health indicators improving to world’s best: That’ll be Norway? No? Scotland!? SNP baaaad!
Here’s the detail from the BBC website:
- Scotland’s jobless total fell by 7,000 in the three months to July, to stand at 102,000.
- The unemployment rate fell by 0.3% from the previous quarter to reach 3.8% – below the UK figure of 4.3%.
- The number of people in work rose by 60,000 to 2,587,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.
- Meanwhile, wages in the period were 2.1% higher than a year earlier, little changed from previous months’ growth rates.
Scotland’s Employability Minister said:
‘With the most recent GDP figures showing the Scottish economy grew nearly four times that of the UK in the first quarter of this year, today’s labour market figures are further proof that the fundamentals of Scotland’s economy remain strong, despite the challenges posed by Brexit.’
Douglas Fraser from the BBC Scotland ‘news’ institution and Stuart McIntyre, from the Fraser of Allander economic research ‘institute’ seemed unable to find any big ‘buts’ and are now apparently as happy as pigs in shit. David Mundell did find a ‘but’, but I’m not quoting it here. Happy memories of impending recession are not mentioned. They don’t get quoted on my blog unless it’s funny.