Between November 2018 and January 2019, unemployment rate in Scotland was 3.4% while the UK rate was 3.9%, below 4% for the first time since whenever.
Scottish Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said
‘Scotland is performing particularly well on unemployment rates for women and young people. At 2.6% for women and 7.4% for young people, both rates are at record lows and significantly lower than in the rest of the UK.’
Has the Scottish Government played any part in this?
We know from a parliamentary question that more than £4.5 billion has been given in rates relief to businesses across Scotland since the SNP came to power. We also know that we can say, as in BBC Scotland headlines that major reductions in unemployment and increase in wages, relative to the UK, have come after these subsidies:
We also know that around 50 000 businesses are exempt entirely from business rates.