Scottish employment rate drops slightly

The employment rate in Scotland fell slightly in the last quarter, according to latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures.

The employment rate among those aged 16 to 64 was 73.7% between October and December last year – 0.3% down on the previous quarter.

The unemployment rate estimate in that age group also fell slightly over the quarter to 4.5% – a drop of 0.1% on the previous quarter.

This was in contrast to the UK unemployment rate, which rose to 5.1% – up 0.4% on the previous three months.

There were 2.637 million people aged 16 and over in employment in Scotland, while 123,000 were unemployed, the figures for October to December showed.

Scottish Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “For October to December 2020, Scotland’s employment rate estimate fell over the quarter to 73.7% and the unemployment rate estimate also fell slightly over the quarter to 4.5%.”

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