Unemployment in Scotland, for August to September 2017, stands at 4.1% compared to 4.3% for the UK as a whole. This is lower than 6 of the English regions, with only the 3 in the south maintaining lower levels, between 3 and 3.7%
Employment, in Scotland, in the year since October 2016, grew 1.7% compared to the UK growth of only 0.7%. The Scottish rate of growth matched that of the affluent South-East of England and was higher than all of the other regions bar the North-East of England at 1.8%.
Similarly, the growth in those economically active, as opposed to employed, grew faster over the year in Scotland at 0.7% compared to the UK at 0.3%. Only 2 English regions, the North-East and South-East grew faster at 1.3% and 1.4% respectively and 3 had negative figures.