Unemployment rate in Scotland drops to 3.9%

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The unemployment rate in Scotland has fallen to 3.9%, slightly below the UK as a whole.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for June to August put the jobless total north of the border at 106,000 – down from 120,000 in the previous quarter.

The unemployment rate was down from 4.3% in the previous three months and is just below the UK-wide rate of 4%.

Meanwhile, the number of Scots aged 16 to 64 in employment during the quarter was 2,551,000 (74.9%) – down from 2,570,000 (75.5%) in the previous three months.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: “There are now 132,000 fewer people unemployed in Scotland than the recession peak and we continue to outperform the UK on both employment and unemployment rates for women and young people.

“While these results show a decrease in employment, our employment rate has increased over the longer term and remains high by historical standards.

“We have 71,000 more people in employment compared with the pre-recession peak.

“Despite the ongoing risks posed by Brexit, our ambitious economic strategy will create the right environment for job growth.

“This includes commitments on the Scottish National Investment Bank and Manufacturing Institute, and in this year’s Programme for Government we have committed to the biggest infrastructure spending Scotland has ever seen.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “It is welcome news that the number of people out of work and looking for a job in Scotland has fallen.

“However, there is no room for complacency as economic activity in Scotland is falling.

“The Scottish Government needs to focus on using its extensive powers and work with us on ensuring that Scotland’s economy thrives.”

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