Unemployment remains lower in Scotland than in UK and employment grows at more than twice the rate


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.



8 thoughts on “Unemployment remains lower in Scotland than in UK and employment grows at more than twice the rate

  1. Alasdair Macdonald December 13, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Although the headline on the BBC website was about the unemployment figure, the article gave a fairly balanced coverage of the various pieces of data. The broadcasts did not mention too much because they were focussing on presenting what the Tories’ attack on the SG’s budget proposals will be.

    You and I and most of this site’s old lags know that one month’s data are fairly meaningless, but, I think you are entirely correct to publicise the data and provide a positive spin, if only to counter the usual biassed presentation. I think that over several months now, the media have been emphasising the figures less, so you might be having an effect.

    Of course, they could be soft-pedalling because ultimately it is Westminster’s austerity that is at root of the issue and they do not want that to be too closely examined.


    • johnrobertson834 December 14, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thanks, I think you’re correct on everything there except maybe overstating my influence. The BBC website has been repeatedly fair and balanced recently.


  2. Ludo Thierry December 13, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Talking of ‘Scottish unemployment’ hats off to the Electoral Reform Society for continuing their strong push to expose the scandal of huge claims for nil work in the House of Lords. As expected we see ‘Scottish’ Lords amongst the worst offenders:

    THE House of Lords was yesterday involved in a fresh expenses row after new research showed that 73 peers – almost one in 10 of the total in the upper house – had failed to speak, sit on committees or submit any written questions, and 17 of them had claimed more than £10,000 in expenses. A report from the Electoral Reform Society said nine of those pocketed more than average UK take-home pay of £22,226 – claiming a total of £271,313.

    Scottish peers topped the list with former Labour Scottish Office minister Lord John Kirkhill, claiming £43,896, and former Paisley Labour MP Baroness Irene Adams, who took home £41,287. Other peers with Scottish links who are prominent on the list are LibDem peer Lord John Thurso, who claimed £32,235, Lord William Howie of Troon, a former Labour MP (£29,100) and crossbencher Viscount Charles Colville (£25,500), who made 18 spoken contributions in the survey period. Lord Neil Davidson of Glen Clova, a former advocate general for Scotland, claimed £18,518.

    The ERS said the figures rubbished claims that most of the “silent peers” were working hard behind the scenes, and said that nearly two-thirds of them (64 per cent) were inactive in other key areas of work in the Lords. ERS chief executive, Darren Hughes, said: “The fact that nearly one in 10 peers are failing to contribute to the work of the House is bad enough. But it leaves a nasty taste when a significant chunk of those are claiming more than the average worker takes home in a year. … Voters are sick of scandal after scandal – ones which stems from a total lack of accountability. What we need is a much smaller, fairly elected upper house that the public can have faith in – and where voters can hold ineffective peers to account”.

    Respect also to the National for printing the ERS research and getting it out to the Great Scottish Public a bit.

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  3. Alan Gordon December 13, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Thanks again John for supplying light in what, for me, feels like quite a gloomy time. I was listening to Radio Scotland for a bit this morning (symptom or cause) and for the short time I could stomach it, John Beattie tripped out negative after negative on Scotlands state of play. ” Scotland’s unemployment has risen by 8 thousand” as an example. No mention of percentage or anything to give it a bench mark. The radio is quite robust, still works.


    • johnrobertson834 December 14, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Do you need the radio for other stuff like music? I haven’t listened to or watched BBC Scotland News for about 9 months now, on orders from my psychiatrist!


  4. Alan Gordon December 14, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Never listen to music on the radio, never had television so I reckon I must listen to the radio out of some Masochistic tendency.

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