Scottish unemployment falls again, remains well below the level in England and the two institutionalised Frasers struggle to find their buts


In August, I could write:

Nope, still no recession, Fraser of Allander ‘Institute’: Scottish employment climbs to record high while unemployment and inactivity falls over the quarter.

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:

  1. Scotland’s jobless total fell by 7,000 in the three months to July, to stand at 102,000.
  2. The unemployment rate fell by 0.3% from the previous quarter to reach 3.8% – below the UK figure of 4.3%.
  3. The number of people in work rose by 60,000 to 2,587,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.
  4. 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.

26 thoughts on “Scottish unemployment falls again, remains well below the level in England and the two institutionalised Frasers struggle to find their buts

  1. John September 14, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Thanks for the non-quotes John , we hear enough extended quotes on the BBC . I still wait for these institutions to give credit to Scotland for anything , in fact I am so switched of by them I barely take notice of anything they say .


    • johnrobertson834 September 14, 2017 / 9:17 am

      I never watch but weirdly, bumped into Douglas Fraser’s two fat brown labradors in Inverary last week. He didn’t seem to recognise me.even though I petted the dogs for a good few minutes.


  2. Alasdair Macdonald. September 14, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Of course the BBC found time during Reporting Scotland for an extended report on Mr John Mason MSP’s question regarding Skye and whether it was an island in the sense of the discussion that the Holyrood Committee was having. This included a reporter going to Skye to interview various people, who said exactly what the BBC wanted them to say. The report was introduced in a ‘What-a-tosspot’ tone by Ms Bird and then continued in the same vein by the reporter. It probably filled about 5 minutes of a bulletin of less than 30. Celtic’s hammering by PSG got big licks, with a somewhat gloating tone regarding Brendan Rodger’s ‘under 12s’ comment. That was another 5 minutes.

    The website, including the UK page had it featured. There was an opportunity to ‘Have Your Say’ (There is never an opportunity to have our say on matters like those you allude to in your article.) which was very heavily bombarded with what was probably organised Tory writers-in.

    It is anything but Reporting (Significant Things That Happen in) Scotland.


    • johnrobertson834 September 14, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      The reason I stopped watching. His blog looks like mine – cheap?


  3. Brian September 14, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    My wife and me watched RS at 6.35, and obviously saw the excellent employment figures reported followed by the doomsayer speaks/lack of skills portion of this same piece. I know we shouldn’t have, but we both fell about laughing. Bird was so po faced as was their employment reporter. They are so transparent. Surely more and more people who watch must be concluding the same thing.


  4. Ludo Thierry September 14, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Hi John et al – John, you’re mentioning “ blogs..” – clearly you’re not referrring to the blog ‘Unherd’ which we now learn ‘paid’ Col. Davidson the sum of £3000 for her recent ‘article’ on the topic “Re-booting capitalism’ (from Common Space report):

    RUTH DAVIDSON, the Scottish Conservative leader and MSP for Edinburgh Central, has faced criticism and mockery following the revelation that she was paid £3000 for an article on the right wing political commentary website Unherd.
    The article, published in July, called for a “re-boot” of capitalism, which Davidson argued had lifted millions out of poverty, but has gained a bad reputation and lost the faith of many who live under it.

    Col. Davidson seems to have been getting on very assiduously with her ‘other’ day jobs too:

    Davidson was paid at a rate of one pound per word, a pay-rate virtually unheard of in modern British journalism. Beyond her £61,778 salary, the article has reportedly brought her earnings outside of her career as an MSP to approximately £30,000 this year.

    Unherd was launched earlier this year and is edited by Tim Montgomerie, formerly a columnist for the Times and an editor of the Tory commentary website ConservativeHome. It is funded by Paul Marshall, founder of the hedge fund Marshall Wallace, who previously donated £100,000 to the Leave campaign during the EU referendum.

    Meanwhile Scotland’s real Government and legal authorities (the ones who don’t sit in the Westminster Tory cabinet) have been getting on with the job of ‘booting’ rapacious international capitalism which was (literally) robbing its workers (see below re. today’s news from Aberdeen):

    A sheriff has granted a warrant to allow the sale of a boat which has been detained at Aberdeen harbour for more than a year because workers have not been paid.

    The Malaviya Seven was detained in June last year under merchant shipping regulations, and again in October.

    The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) believes the crew are now owed more than £600,000 in total.

    Wages will be paid from the proceeds of the offshore vessel’s sale at auction.

    The court heard Aberdeen Harbour Board is owed money, and will request first right to any excess funds after the crew is paid.

    Meanwhile that same Scottish Govt (did I mention it is an SNP Scottish Govt?) is out and about recruiting business investment and employment for its people (ALL its people):

    The Chinese owner of Scotland-based travel search site Skyscanner has announced plans to open a call centre in Edinburgh, creating up to 200 jobs over the next few years.
    Ctrip, which is one of China’s largest online travel agencies, is set to open a base in the capital in early 2018.
    Recruitment will get under way towards the end of this year.

    That same Scottish Govt (SNP of course) is busy getting Scotland’s new infrastructure delivered on time and on budget (see below – from the BBC so it must be accurate):

    “The £270m project to build a new general hospital in Dumfries has been completed on budget and on time.”

    Somehow or other (this SNP Govt must never sleep – how the heck do they do it?) the same SNP Govt has backed a clever project which marries the Scottish Health Service and Money Advice workers and which is helping to deliver benefits advice and income gains right to where it is most needed (see below):

    A project to offer financial advice at two GP surgeries in Glasgow has led to an £850,000 cash windfall for those who sought advice, a report has claimed.

    Between December 2015 and May 2017 figures showed that 165 people took advantage of the Greater Easterhouse Money Advice Project (Gemap).

    They each made a median financial gain of almost £7,000 a year through “income maximisation”, said the report.

    The scheme has now been rolled out across nine GP surgeries in the area.

    The Deep End advice worker pilot scheme initially placed an adviser from Gemap into two GP practices in Parkhead to offer advice about benefits and limiting the costs of debt.

    That led to £156,000 worth of debt being “properly managed” and reductions in costs for some patients.

    By God – that’s what I call getting on with the day job!! – eat your heart ot Colonel D.

    Ta, Ludo


  5. johnrobertson834 September 15, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Thanks for all this Ludo. Great contribution to our mini public sphericle


    • Contrary September 15, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Sphericle? Sphericle? Have you been reading a dictionary 😀

      “John’s MPS,,,’ – you should capitalise that, M could be major, massive, m,,,, I like it though: Mini Public Sphericle.

      As always, you’ve done a superb job scouring the news, Ludo, thank you for the blog in a blog work you do, always enjoy reading the things you dredge up. (I missed that previous pun-fest!)


      • johnrobertson834 September 15, 2017 / 10:06 am

        Gotcha! A public sphericle is a mini public sphere. I accuse you of redundancy.


  6. Contrary September 15, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Cheap is good. Scots love a bargain.

    (Too much stereotyping there??)


    • johnrobertson834 September 15, 2017 / 10:06 am

      I’ve seen much worse and the folk from Yorkshire get it too.


    • Clydebuilt September 15, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      An aquaintence of mine who ran a b&b in Blackpool (as a sideline) told me that compared to folk from Yorkshire, Scots aren’t


      • johnrobertson834 September 15, 2017 / 5:22 pm

        Wasn’t there a survey and the SE England are the meanest givers to charity?


      • Clydebuilt September 15, 2017 / 6:09 pm

        They didn’t feature in the Blackpool survey.


    • Clydebuilt September 15, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Best headline of the week . . . Anywhere . . . No If’s . . . No BUTS


  7. johnrobertson834 September 15, 2017 / 10:11 am

    8 readers from Azerbaijan today! Who are these people and what do they want from me? Scottish contract workers sitting in an Irish theme pub using its wi-fi?


    • Clydebuilt September 15, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Azerbaijan is an Oil Capital . . . Likely Scottish oil workers raking it in. . . Good for them


      • johnrobertson834 September 15, 2017 / 5:21 pm

        Yes and there is an Irish themed pub. My welder brother-in-law was in it not long after landing


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