Though employment is 0.9% lower and unemployment is 0.1% higher in Scotland than in the UK as a whole, such comparisons are both meaningless in terms of statistical significance (gaps too wee) and because of the lack of similarity in the size and nature of the Scottish and UK economies. In particular, the UK, Great Britain or England figures are heavily distorted by the rates for the overheated economy of the South of England. More meaningful is comparison with parts of the UK such as the North of England or Yorkshire.
The above ONS table which is ‘seasonally adjusted, January to March 2018’ reveals that Scotland’s employment rate is actually better than in major population areas such as the North of England, Yorkshire and the West Midlands while our unemployment rate is better than in these same areas and London.
No doubt, for Reporting Scotland, the story will be:
‘Unemployment higher in Scotland than in the rest of the UK’
‘Employment lower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK’