The SNP has welcomed the publication of the latest labour market figures – which confirm that employment in Scotland has reached record levels.
Today’s figures show that 2,585,000 people in Scotland are in employment – an increase of 29,000 over the quarter. This represents an increase in employment in Scotland of 1.7 per cent over the year – compared to 1.3 per cent in the rest of the UK.
Female employment in Scotland has also grown by 38,000 over the year and stands at 69.4 per cent – which is 1.7 per cent higher than the UK rate.
The unemployment rate in Scotland also fell and now stands at 6.4 per cent – less than the UK rate of 6.8 per cent.
Commenting, SNP MSP Maureen Watt said:
“These record figures are a welcome endorsement of the Scottish Government’s efforts to boost the economy and create jobs in the face of the UK Government’s austerity agenda.
“The increase in female employment is particularly welcome –and the Scottish Government’s plans for a transformational universal childcare system would open the door for even more women to get back into the workplace.
“With the limited economic powers at our disposal, the Scottish Government has taken effective action to strengthen the economy – but we know that more can be done.
“Scotland is the 14th wealthiest country in the developed world – wealthier per head than the UK, France and Japan.
“With the full economic powers of independence we can use Scotland’s wealth to invest in our infrastructure, strengthen and grow our economy and create more and better jobs for people across Scotland.”